Djokovic Back To Winning Ways In Toronto

Ross Houston
August 10, 2016

"It's nice that we got to sense and feel that kind of energy around the stadium".

He will tackle the victor between Novak Djokovic (against whom he's 2-9) and Gael Monfils (they've met twice, with Nishikori winning both times).

Novak Djokovic wiped the bad taste of a Wimbledon defeat from his mouth with a pulsating performance at the Rogers Cup in Toronto this weekend.

Novak Djokovic beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 7-5 in the Rogers Cup final in Toronto to secure a record-extending 30th ATP Masters 1000 title.

The 12-time Grand Slam victor will now head straight to South American to begin preparations ahead of the start of the Olympics later this week. "In this tournament it is not working very well, but in general in past couple of years it has served me very well".

The Japanese player recorded his fourth straight Memphis title in February for his 11th ATP Tour victory, but he can not seem to solve the world's top player and has now lost nine straight times to Djokovic.

"I hope I can step it up a little more and winning some titles, but I think still Novak is biggest challenge for me to win against him", Nishikori said. I think I'm getting closer and closer.

Following his 6-3, 7-5 win over Kei Nishikori, Djokovic said: "I don't need to explain that every athlete dreams of being part of the Olympic Games". In April in their previous match, Djokovic won the Key Biscayne final. Toronto's victory now makes 11 titles in his past 15 ATP Masters 1000 appearances, all of which have been earned during his run of 108 straight weeks atop the ATP world rankings.

In the doubles semifinals, Britain's Jamie Murray and Brazil's Bruno Soares beat Canada's Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-7 (5), 10-7, and Croatia's Ivan Dodig and Brazil's Marcelo Melo topped Romania's Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau 6-4, 6-3.

Djokovic's serve has developed immensely over his career, while Nishikori's serve tends to get exposed when he comes up against the best players in the world. "I can not hit stronger than her because she's very strong". I had a lot of opportunity to take the set.

"I guess he missed a few shots at the beginning". "It showed me that I was ready, aggressive, moving really well".

Nishikori fought hard to stay in the final set but seemed to be bothered by his rackets as he made multiple trips to the side of the court to change.

Halep won't be at the Olympics as she is among the contingent of athletes that did use the Zika panic to skip the event.

Kei Nishikori attempts to halt Djokovic's tempo, as he wins the first game of the second set, in a bid to mount a comeback. "Her serve is good".

"I guess when my coach was speaking last night and this morning, I was listening", Djokovic, who finished as runner-up to Andy Murray past year in Montreal, said in a televised court-side interview.

"That was on clay court (Madrid and Rome), so it's going to be different. Sometimes it happens. Just take the positives from that and move on".

Nishikori, Japan's top player, fell to 0-3 in Masters Series finals. He never looked back, finishing off the set in 31 minutes.

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