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Nestor and Lindstedt advance to Barcelona final

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The Canadian Press
4/28/2013 10:47:43 AM
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BARCELONA, Spain -- Canadian Daniel Nestor reached his first doubles final since last October as he and new partner Robert Lindstedt of Sweden concluded a rain-hit match at the Barcelona Open on Sunday.

The 40-year-old from Toronto led his team to a 4-6, 7-6(6), 10-3 (match tiebreak) semifinal win over the Spanish pair of David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco.

Nestor last played a final in October at Basel as he teamed on a one-off basis with former partner Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia.

The third-seeded winners will take on Austria's Alexander Peya and Brazil's Bruno Soares, who beat the Spanish pair of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, the No. 2 seeds, 6-3, 6-4 in another rain-hit semi which was to have been played on Saturday.

Nestor is a four-time Barcelona champion, winning the clay title in 2009 and 2010 with Zimonjic as well as in 2005 and 2006 with Mark Knowles of the Bahamas.

Nestor and Lindstedt trailed a set and stood 2-2 in the second overnight when the match was abandoned Saturday due to rain.

It was played shortly after Milos Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., lost a singles semifinal to Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-0

Nestor's team won the second set in a tiebreak and ran out to eight match points in the tiebreak third set now a part of doubles. They advanced on their third winning opportunity.

The pair are playing their second event together after Monte Carlo last week, where they lost to Raonic and Bernard Tomic in the quarter-finals.

Nestor owns 80 career doubles titles from 131 finals. He has won at least won doubles title per year since winning his first at Bogota in 1994 and owns eight grand slam titles.

Daniel Nestor (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)
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