Zimonjic sings Sam’s praises
Nenad Zimonjic has given a glowing assessment of mixed doubles partner Sam Stosur following their victory at Wimbledon.
The Wimbledon mixed title was until now missing from the Serb’s collection, something he thanked Stosur for helping him finally achieve.
“First time I’ve seen Sam (play) was in Australian Open when I lost to her in mixed (in 2005) I said, ‘I have to ask her. I have to play with her. She’s going to be a great partner’,” he revealed.
“I’m glad I had the second chance and I’m glad we’re sitting here (in press as the champions).”
Stosur and Zimonjic had teamed once previously – at Wimbledon in 2010 – but fell in the third round.
This time, however, Zimonjic believed he and Stosur’s strengths combined beautifully on the lawns of the All England Club.
“She has unbelievable serve. She can serve any type of serve in any part of the box. She is very solid from the back. Big forehands. At the net, she’s very comfortable. I think all these things are really, really important,” he said.
“The team we are, I think it doesn’t matter who is on the other side. If we are playing good, we can win against anyone on that day.
“We had one really close match which went to 8‑6 in the third, but the rest I thought we played really, really well. We controlled the matches from the beginning till the end, and it was a lot of fun to be on the court with Sam.”
Stosur doesn’t typically play mixed doubles at Grand Slam events; with her focus being primarily singles, it varies from event to event whether she enters the doubles draw, and even then it’s more likely to be in the women’s doubles ahead of mixed.
At Wimbledon in 2014, however, Stosur said she had entered all three events wanting to do the best she could.
And Zimonjic was thrilled she said yes to his request of teaming up in the mixed tournament.
“I keep asking every year, just waiting for that ‘yes’ answer,” he laughed.
“Obviously she is a great partner. She proved that she can win the Slams in singles, in doubles, in mixed, too. She’s been No. 1 in the world in doubles … She did really, really well winning the US Open, as well.
“(She’s) the partner you want to have. So whenever she wants to play I’m ready to play, so I’m glad it worked out this year.”