TORONTO — Having two No. 1 ranked players — one former, one current — on the other side of the net with a combined 20 Grand Slam titles between them might be considered intimidating to some tennis players. But Canadian Philip Bester didn’t see it that way.
“Obviously, it’s an exciting matchup — kind of like a popcorn match,” Bester said. “But at the end of the day, you know, putting aside the excitement, I was also excited to go out there with Adil and I knew that we had enough skill and enough game to beat these guys.”
These guys happened to be top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic, a former doubles No. 1, and Bester and his partner Adil Shamasdin did in fact beat them, 7-5, 4-6, 10-2 in their first-round match at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.
“Going into a match like this we are focused on what we are doing on our end, and we are not really kind of worried about what they’re going to do,” Shamasdin said in their post-match press conference. “They are going to have some great shots. (Djokovic) hit some good shots; he hit some bad shots, just like everybody else.”