Pospisil moves on to quarters in doubles, Nestor out of French Open

Vasek Pospisil is through to men’s doubles quarterfinals at Roland Garros while his fellow Canadian Daniel Nestor is now out of the French Open altogether.

Along with partner Jack Sock of the United States, Pospisil beat the French team of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut on two tiebreakers 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2). Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer and partner Horia Tecau of Romania are next for the North American duo.

Nestor meanwhile, was on the losing end of a doubles score with partner Leander Paes of India. They lost to the Italian pair Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4.

Daniel Nestor at 2015 French Open (Photo: Peter Figura via Tennis Canada).

Daniel Nestor at 2015 French Open (Photo: Peter Figura via Tennis Canada).

Nestor unfortunately exited from mixed doubles contention with French partner Kristina Mladenovic. Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Australian Anastasia Rodionova took the second round tie over Nestor and Mladenovic 6-4, 6-3.

Pospisil is now the only Canadian remaining at the French Open.

Friday, May 29

Canada’s two top doubles tennis players continued to roll through Roland Garros on Friday, reaching the third round of the French Open with their respective partners.

Number two seeded Vasek Pospisil and his U.S. teammate Jack Sock beat Robert Lindstedt (Sweden) and Jurgen Melzer (Austria) 6-4, 6-4 to secure a third round date against French duo and no. 14 seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

Vasek Pospisil at the Miami Open in 2015.

Vasek Pospisil at the Miami Open in 2015.

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The no. 10 seeded team of Daniel Nestor and Indian partner Leander Paes also achieved a two-set second round victory, beating German Andre Begemann and Austrian Julian Knowle 7-6 (3), 6-2. A stiff test awaits the Canada-India combo next with the Italian pair and sixth seed Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini ahead.

Nestor is also alive in mixed doubles with Kristina Mladenovic of France. The two of them were finalists in 2013.

No other Canadians remain in the 2015 French Open with Gabriela Dabrowski (women’s doubles) and Eugenie Bouchard (mixed doubles) the latest to be ousted this week.

Wednesday, May 27

Canadian tennis players got a measure of redemption on Wednesday in doubles at the French Open, a day after being eliminated from the singles competition.

Vasek Pospisil lost in singles to Joao Sousa of Portugal on Tuesday, but got the better of a Joao Souza (notice the ‘z’) of Brazil on Wednesday in doubles. Along with American partner Jack Sock, Pospisil came out on the better end of a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (4) score against Souza and Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic.

Vasek Pospisil visibly dejected at the 2015 French Open, in a singles match he would lose Joao Sousa.

Vasek Pospisil visibly dejected at the 2015 French Open, in a singles match he would lose Joao Sousa.

The number two-seeded doubles team – nicknamed ‘PospiSock’ by fans – faces Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Austrian Jurgen Melzer next in the second round.

At the top half of the draw no. 10 seed Daniel Nestor and Indian partner Leander Paes beat Australians James Duckworth and Chris Guccione 6-2, 5-7, 7-5. Their next opponents are Andre Begemann (Germany) and Julian Knowle (Austria).

One Canadian that didn’t enjoy doubles success was Adil Shamasdin, who along with Australian partner Rameez Junaid dropped their first round tie 6-4, 7-6 (5) to no. 5 Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) and Horia Tecau (Romania).

Daniel Nestor hitting a return at 2015 Davis Cup versus Japan in Vancouver.

Daniel Nestor hitting a return at 2015 Davis Cup versus Japan in Vancouver.

On the women’s side, lone Canadian doubles entrant Gabriela Dabrowski and Polish partner Alicja Rosolska had yet to play at time of report, which goes for mixed doubles as well, where Nestor and Eugenie Bouchard are set to feature.

After Pospisil and Bouchard’s respective exits on Tuesday, no Canadian singles players are still competing at Roland Garros.