Djokovic Tries To Defend Canadian Open And Win First Title Since Miami
by Staff | August 12th, 2012, 2:16 pm

Novak Djokovic has a great chance tonight to get back in the win column. The Serb who hasn’t won a singles title since four months ago in Miami meets Richard Gasquet for the Toronto Canadian Open title.

In the inclement weather yesterday, Djokovic dodged the rain drops to knock out countryman Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-1 in the semifinals.

“It really could have gone either way, especially in the first set with the several interruptions because of rain; it was very important for both of us to start off well after those delays,” Djokovic said. “You could feel that there was a lot of tension going on and we both were trying to find the rhythm on the court.”

It’s also Djokovic first tour final since the French Open and Novak has lost only two matches this year on hardcourts winning his last 10 on his favorite surface.

Novak is also trying to become the third player in the Open Era to win the Canadian Open three times, having won it in 2007 and last year.

As for Gasquet, he ripped through Tomas Berdych, Mardy Fish and yesterday John Isner 7-6, 6-3 to reach his second Canadian Open final after a 2006 loss to Roger Federer.

“The key of the match was to return well, and I did it. I tried to return all the time to make him play,” said Gasquet who hasn’t won a title since 2010 Nice. “Then I like to defend. But of course I had to do a big tie-break, and I did it. I played incredible in the tie-break and then I felt well.”

Isner then withdrew from Cincinnati with a back injury.

Djokovic has won six of seven career meetings with Gasquet including four straight and nine consecutive sets.

“Richard has been playing well this week,” Djokovic said. “He wants to step into the court tomorrow and have nothing to lose and is motivated and wants to win. I expect a tough match.”

And this week Djokovic’s taken care of his serve having only been broken once this week, in second set vs. Haas (42 of 43 games held, 98%) while saving 21 of 22 break points (95%).

Win or lose, Djokovic will move ahead of idle Federer in the 2012 ATP Ranking point standings tomorrow but will remain No. 2 in the overall 52-week rankings.

The last 14 ATP Masters titles have been won by one of the Big Four since Robin Soderling took Paris at the end of the 2010.

In Montreal, the rain-delayed women’s semifinal pits Li Na against Lucie Safarova followed by Petra Kvitova against Caroline Wozniacki. Wozniacki’s boyfriend, Rory McIlroy was the leader earlier today at the PGA Championships.

The women’s final will be played Monday night at 7pm. The men’s final Sunday at 7pm in Toronto on ESPN2.

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15 Comments for Djokovic Tries To Defend Canadian Open And Win First Title Since Miami

bstevens Says:

Lets hope that everyone is healthy for the US Open.

Eric Says:

Anyone else watching Safarova redefine the meaning of “choke”? Dominated Li through third set for 5-1. Now Li will serve out match at 6-5.

Eric Says:

(Of course, Li can be a bit of a choker too. So we’ll see.)

dari Says:

even before he plays the final, i gotta say kudos to novak djokovic, coming and fighting through fatigue and terrible weather, when the other top guys either didn’t compete, or couldn’t stand past first round!

who knows, maybe rishie will pull off something crazy, but i tend to doubt that he is stable enough for someone like novak

will just hope for a good final

Maso Says:

Congrats to Gasquet for making it to the finals of a Masters 1000 tournament, hasn’t happened in a while! I doubt he can manage to keep Novak at bay for a whole match, though. But then again, Novak might be exhausted. Wonder what kind of shape he’s gonna be in for Cinci.

Gaga Says:

HC season is back and so is Djokovic. Never in doubt. His struggle during the clay and grass season this year, where he failed to win a single title, was expected. He overachieved on clay and grass last year. This year he played at his normal level on his worst surfaces, the natural surfaces.

Ben Pronin Says:

How is reaching finals and semis at the big events struggling? Man the dominance by these last few number ones has really altered our expectations, hasn’t it?

He could’ve played better, though.

Gaga Says:

Djokovic failed to win a title on clay and grass. Last year he won Wimbledon, Rome and Madrid. Huge difference.

Gaga Says:

Also Djokovic lost to Del Potro on grass! Del Potro’s worst surface is grass. That loss tells me Djokovic overachieved by winning Wimbledon last year. Grass is not his cup of tea.

Gaga Says:

Djokovic also lost to Murray on grass this year.

Djokovic overachieved on grass last year by winning Wimbledon.

Ben Pronin Says:

Murray is a great grass court player though.

Gaga Says:

Murray is great on grass but last year Djokovic 2.0 would have beaten Murray on grass at the Olympics, if they were played in 2011.

jane Says:

Just got home – missed all of Nole’s matches except the one versus Tomic! Oh well. Happy he’s won another title. He is really joining some special company with some of his wins; here are some words from’s “reaction”:

“It is Djokovic’s third career Rogers Cup crown β€” he joins six-time champion Ivan Lendl and three-time titlist Andre Agassi as the third man to win the Canadian Masters three times in the Open era β€” as he continues his ascent into the rare air of elite champions. The top-seeded Serbian captured his 12th career Masters title, which puts him fourth on the all-time list behind only Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Agassi.”

And Cincy is already under way! What a whirlwind this season has been.

Michael Says:

My hearty congratulations to Novak for winning the Rogers Cup. It was a depleted field, but still there were some good players in it. Novak played his best Tennis and won. I was particularly impressed as to how he played in the finals against Gasquet. He totally outplayed him from the back of the court and remember Gasquet is a player in form. For Novak this should be a soothing one particularly because it comes in the back drop of his family problems. Now he is a real threat the US Open but I strongly feel that he should skip Cincinnati to galvanise himself before the important one.

Wog boy Says:


This is different Djokovic, this is wounded Djokovic. He is not going to skip anything until the end of year, he is going for broke. I have never seen him in the mood in which one he was in Toronto. I watched every but one match ( against Sam Q.) I wish him all the best, I felt strangly touched watching him i Toronto but also proud for turning up in Toronto after such disapointment in Olympic games, that was the most painfull wound and not Wimbeldon, and playing such clinical tennis.
Good luck my man, God bless you .

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