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Canada's Nestor wins third mixed doubles championship

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LONDON -- Canada's Daniel Nestor and French partner Kristina Mladenovic won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title on Sunday by defeating top-seeds Bruno Suarez of Brazil and American Lisa Raymond 5-7, 6-2, 8-6.

The victory in just over two hours was the third in mixed for the 40-year-old Nestor, who teamed with his 20-year-old partner starting at the French Open a month ago.

The new pair lost the final at Roland Garros, but quietly made their way through the Wimbledon draw, saving two match points in the final.

"I'm fortunate to play with someone that can more than do her share," said Nestor. "She's a great player. She's going to be one of the top singles players eventually. Right now I'm catching her while she's maybe not winning four or five matches in singles. She's winning two or three, so hopefully that will change for her.

"Right now, you know, she's focusing on doubles and mixed. I think that will change one day. I caught her at the right time."

Nestor also won the mixed crown at the 2007 Australian Open with Russian Elena Likhovtseva and in 2011 in Melbourne with Katarina Srebotnik.

Nestor and Mladenovic, watched by good friend and women's Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli, played superb defence as they levelled the sets at one apiece.

The third set was tight as the contest stayed with serve. Nestor wrapped up the win with a stinging backhand to spell the end.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 8, 2013 C1

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