Toronto, May 12, 2014 ISN – It was a winning weekend for Canadians in Europe, with
Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and Sharon Fichman (Toronto) capturing titles at their
respective tournaments on Sunday.
Nestor and Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic defeated
Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States to clinch the Mutua Madrid Open, an ATP
World Tour Masters 1000 event in Spain, while Fichman ousted Swiss Timea Bacsinszky
to win the $100K Cagnes-Sur-Mer Challenger, an ITF Pro Circuit tournament in France.
NESTOR CLINCHES MASTERS 1000 EVENT IN MADRID
Nestor captured his 84^th career ATP World Tour title after he and Zimonjic defeated
the world No. 1 duo, Bob and Mike Bryan, 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Mutua Madrid
The No. 6-seeded duo, Nestor and Zimonjic blasted six aces, won 84 per cent of their
first service points, and saved the only break point they faced through the
58-minute match. They were able to break the Bryans three times en route to ending
their opponents’ 24-match win streak. Nestor and Zimonjic now have a 10-7 record
together over the Bryan brothers.
His victory at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event gives Nestor his 84^th career
ATP title and moves him into sole position of third for all-time titles, behind Mike
Bryan’s 100 and Bob Bryan’s 98. The 41-year-old now has three titles on the season,
as he also won Sydney with Zimonjic and Brisbane with Poland’s Mariusz Fyrstenberg
back in January. Currently ranked world No. 12, Nestor should move back into the Top
10 thanks to his Madrid triumph. Nestor and Zimonjic are the third-ranked team of
the 2014 season so far.
Next up for Nestor will be the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, another Masters 1000
tournament taking place this week in Rome.
FICHMAN PICKS UP $100K CHALLENGER IN FRANCE
Fichman clinched the biggest career title of her career on Sunday, eliminating Timea
Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the $100K Cagnes-Sur-Mer Challenger.
It was a dominating performance from the No. 5-seeded Fichman, who broke her
opponent’s serve six times, including in the final game to clinch the victory. After
playing in two three-set battles to open the tournament, Fichman cruised through the
quarter-finals, semifinals, and championship match in straight sets.
Her triumph gives Fichman her ninth career ITF Pro Circuit singles title and her
first at the $100K level. Her previous best was the two $50K trophies she won in
2012 and 2011 at the tournament in Waterloo, Ont. Ranked world No. 90, Fichman’s
performance this week should push her to a new career-high ranking. Her current high
is No. 87. The 23-year-old will be playing in her first French Open main draw in a
couple weeks’ time.