KNOWLES-NESTOR CLAIM SECOND MEMPHIS TITLE
Seven years after winning their first Kroger St. Jude title, Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor captured their first ATP title of the year with a 6-2, 7-6(3) victory over second seeds Bob and Mike Bryan. Knowles and Nestor, the World No. 1 doubles pairing who captured six titles together last year, avenged their loss to the Bryan brothers in the Basel final last October, and had only won two of their last six meetings before today's final.
"We were very fortunate today," said Nestor. "The last couple of times we've played Bob and Mike, they have had the better of us."
Knowles and Nestor were appearing in their third final of the year, having lost in Doha (to Damm/Suk) and the Australian Open (to Llodra-Santoro). "It's nice to get a win in the finals again after losing the last two in a row," said Nestor, who now has 27 career doubles titles, while Knowles captured his 25th.
The Bryan brothers were appearing in their third consecutive final having won in 2001 and losing to Brian MacPhie and Nenad Zimonjic last year. "It's déjà vu for us losing in the final," said Mike Bryan. "But we lost to the best doubles team in the world today."
it's okay, this was still a great tourney for them. and now they will play in Acapulco as defending champions, i believe. good luck to them.
btw, do you know when the Bryans will play singles again?