TORONTO, August 1, 2016
Novak Djokovic won his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title by downing Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The world number one capitalized on three of his five break points to seal a 6-3, 7-5 victory in one hour and 22 minutes.
It was the Serbian’s fourth title in Canada and seventh of 2016. Djokovic took the title in his first tournament since losing the third round at Wimbledon, earning $782,525 in prize money.
“It’s a process like any other that has happened many times in my career, where I would start a tournament still feeling a little bit uncomfortable on the court and searching for my rhythm, and then, as the tournament goes on, I find that proper comfort level with shots, with the way I feel, with my mental attitude,” Djokovic said and added:
“My two best performances came in the semi-finals and the final, at the right moment for me.”
Nishikori fell to 0-3 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals and to 2-10 in his head to head rivalry against Djokovic.
“I think he stepped it up. He raised his level from couple days ago. He played really deep, and he didn’t give me any free points,” Nishikori told.
“I was really feeling the pressure every game. Maybe in the second set I had some chances, but there were too many unforced errors from me. He was playing well, but I couldn’t play good tennis today.”
Dodig And Melo Win Doubles
Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo won their third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles title as a team after beating Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 6-4, 6-4 in 69 minutes. The pair secured their first title of the year and did not face a break point in the rain-delayed match.
“Finishing on another court was something we could not control, that we had to adapt to. But throughout the match we did a great job of that,” Dodig said.
“This is the type of experience we had at Wimbledon. We often needed to go in and out of the locker room due to rain. We would have loved to play the whole match without interruption, but we are professionals and it’s our job to stay focused and to get it done,” Melo added.