Djokovic Wins Rogers Cup; Li v Kvitova in Women’s Final
Novak Djokovic raised the Rogers Cup on Sunday, while the women’s champion will have to wait until Monday.
Djokovic easily handled Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2 to successfully defend his Rogers Cup title.
“I truly did not expect myself to win this tournament after the emotional losses in the Olympic Games,” Djokovic said. “I really took it hard. I tried to bounce back and recover — I’ve done great, I have to say.”
The Serb improved to 7-1 career against Gasquet, who fell to 0-3 in Masters-level finals.
“I felt a little bit more pressure,” Gasquet said. “It’s tough when you have Djokovic in front of you and you are not playing your best tennis. It’s very difficult. He’s going all the time with his backhand very early, so he’s an incredible player. He played much better than me for sure.”
Advancing to the Monday women’s final were Li Na and Petra Kvitova, setting up a battle of former Slam winners.
Li came back from 1-5 in the third set to defeat Lucie Safarova 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
“When I was 5-1 down, I thought if I shot hard four in a row, I’d lose the match,” Li said. “So I had to change a little bit. I was just trying to take it point by point. When I got back to 5-4, my serve game, I think it was more exciting for the fans. They were supporting me a lot. I’m happy I could win the match.”
Kvitova topped former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Kvitova trails Li 1-2 in career meetings.
“I like her as a person. She’s really funny,” Kvitova said of Li. “We’ve played each other three times and I’m losing — so I have to win tomorrow to have revenge and make it 2-2. She’s playing great tennis here; I will try my best.”
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