Decent draw for Nestor as he debuts a new partner

PARIS – Daniel Nestor and new partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan ended up getting seeded in Paris.

Qureshi, ranked No. 52 and Nestor No. 14, ended up as the No. 14 seeds and therefore avoided some of the tougher teams in the 64-team men’s doubles draw.

They will play Iñigo Cervantes of Spain and Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, which is pretty winnable even for a rookie pairing.

After that, they would meet Jonathan Erlich and Colin Fleming.

The complete doubles draw is here.

Vasek Pospisil and partner Jack Sock are seeded No. 7, and will play Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil and Martin Klizan of Slovakia in the first round. After that could be a tough one: Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Julien Benneteau, who won here in 2014 but because of a long injury break for Benneteau, come in unseeded.

The other Canadian in the doubles, Gabriela Dabrowski, is again teaming up with Maria José Martínez Sánchez of Spain. They will meet Daria Gavrilova of Australia and Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, two players far better known for their singles efforts.

(The Williams sisters are playing; they drew Yulia Putintseva and Jelena Ostapenko in the first round).

Unfortunately, Genie Bouchard isn’t playing doubles.

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6 thoughts on “Decent draw for Nestor as he debuts a new partner

  1. I just thought he had stopped playing mixed as he didn’t play US Open or Aussie. Nestor/Konta may go further than Nestor/Qureshi….

      • Not surprised… Konta/Nestor WD out of mixed after Konta lost 1st round singles and doubles.

        With Bopanna/Mergea winning, Nestor now needs at least SF for Rio. He should get past Erlich/Flemming for Rd 16.

        It will be tough to get past Cuevas/Granollers on clay then Bryans (or possibly Stepanek/Zimonjic) to make SF.

  2. How’d this pairing come about….Nestor/Konta mixed? I thought Nestor gave up mixed after Wimbledon last year.

    Mladenovic is playing with French Rio partners. I guess Konta is aggressive like Mladenovic and she has a good serve, but she does not play much doubles?

    Well if we can’t get to Rio, let’s go for the mixed doubles golden slam! French Open and US Open to go!

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