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Five-time Grand Slam champ Nestor: U.S. Open doubles loss hurt

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Editor's note: World No. 3 doubles player Daniel Nestor (right) offers his views on the U.S. Open men's doubles tournament exclusively to Yahoo! Sports. Nestor, who has won the doubles at all four Grand Slams and is the reigning Wimbledon champion, is writing courtesy of Lacoste.

My U.S. Open ended disappointingly when I, along with my partner, Nenad Zimonjic, was knocked out of the doubles quarterfinals by Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram.

What made the defeat harder to take were the antics of some of the crowd members supporting our opponents. While you want to have a noisy crowd, at the U.S. Open you expect fans to be a bit more respectful, especially the people sitting in the players' box.

For our match, there was a group sitting in the box supporting Ram who clapped between first and second serves, applauded double faults and generally acted in a pretty surprising manner.

When I spoke to Ram about it afterward he said he was focused on the game and didn't notice, but there was not an ounce of sincerity in his voice.

I can't take anything away from those guys and the way they played; they were very strong and beat us fair and square.

The crowd in the box is a reflection of the players and I know I would be embarrassed if anyone supporting me acted that way.

The semifinals are very interesting, with most of the top teams. It is just a shame to not be involved.

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