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Daniel Nestor: Hall-of-Fame Material, Hands Down

November 30, 2011

Recently, I wrote something for sports website Bleacher Report about some active players that should be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame shortly after their playing careers are done. Nestled somewhere in that list was superstar Daniel Nestor. Partnered with Max Mirnyi this year, Nestor won his fourth year-end championship a few days ago. He previously won in 2007 with longtime partner Mark Knowles, then in 2008 and ’10 with Nenad Zimonjic.

The title this go-around was the 75th of Nestor’s career. And just in case you didn’t know, he has nearly all of the other big titles a tennis player–whether it’s singles or doubles–can muster. He’s won all of the Masters 1000 titles, plus has a career Grand Slam to boot. Nestor also has an Olympic Gold medal in doubles. The only big title he’s missing is a Davis Cup, but that’s not entirely his fault as Canada in the past has struggled to produce singles players to help accomplish that goal. There are two young ones, though–Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil–that have really broken through on the ATP tour in the past 12 months.

It could be a while before those two are ready to lift their nation to Davis Cup glory, but provided they stay committed, perhaps it could be done. Nestor should be winding it down by then, but with what could be a 100 titles under his belt at that point, I’m sure he’d be willing to partner Raonic in a rubber match in the finals if need be!

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