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Mirnyi and Nestor doubles champs

8 January 2012, by Brisbane International Tennis

World number two doubles pairing, Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, have cruised to their maiden Brisbane International doubles title with a polished 6-1 6-2 win over third-seeded combination Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner.

In a high-quality display, the reigning French Open champions raced through the first set on the back of some typically lightening reflexes at the net.

Losing the coin toss was probably the only thing the Belarussian–Canadian duo did wrong, as they broke their opponent’s serve twice in the first set to claim it 6-1 in 24 minutes.

The second followed much the same pattern, with the No.2 seeds Petzschner and Melzer again conceding two breaks.

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Mirnyi then finished the match in style with a crushing cross-court volley.

It was the fifth title the pair has claimed together following a successful 2011, which saw them net the Barclays ATP World Tour Doubles Finals, ATP World Tour Masters 1000, Roland Garros and Memphis trophies.

A pleased Nestor, who has an immense 75 career doubles titles to his name, said it “could be the best match we’ll play all year”.

“I hope we’re not peaking too early,” the 39-year old joked at the post-match ceremony.

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