posted on Sep, 10 2004 @ 02:33 PM
Canada's Daniel Nestor and Bahamian partner Mark Knowles erased years of Grand Slam heartbreak by capturing the U.S. Open doubles title Friday in
convincing fashion. Nestor and Knowles, the tournament's third seeds, topped No. 13 Leander Paes of India and David Rikl of the Czech Repuiblic 6-3,
6-3 for the second Grand Slam title in their 10-year partnership. With the victory, Nestor, a Toronto native, and Knowles avenged six previous losses
in Grand Slam finals.
The last time Nestor and Knowles were in a U.S. Open final was in 1998. Their one Grand Slam title came in 2002 at the Australian Open. In Friday's
final, Knowles dominated the net-play, racing down balls and returning them at near-impossible angles. While Knowles frustrated Paes and Rikl with his
accurate volleying, the left-handed Nestor stumped them with his lighting-fast serves and overhead smashes.
Nestor and Knowles never faced a break point, while breaking their opponents' serve three times, including Rikl's in the final game. On match point,
Knowles iced the victory with a beautiful lob that beat Paes. This is the 27th career title for Nestor and Knowles. They have been teammates since the
mid-90s with the exception of 1999 and 2000 when Nestor paired with fellow Canadian Sebastien Lareau to win a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics.