Novak Djokovic Thought About Skipping The Canadian Open Masters In Toronto

by Tom Gainey | July 29th, 2016, 10:44 am

With the busy schedule this summer, Novak Djokovic admitted he too thought about skipping the Canadian Masters in Toronto just like Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal did. But an early loss at Wimbledon made the trip more appealing and he says it’s perfect preparation for Rio.

“I did consider it, I think, as most of the other top players,” Djokovic said Wednesday. “But under the circumstances that I was in in last month or so and early exit in Wimbledon, obviously, you know, allowed me to have more time.

“I actually think that Toronto is a great way for me to, you know, prepare for Olympic Games and what’s coming up after that. But also, you know, to enjoy my time in this tournament that I always love playing.”

Djokovic is a 3-time Canadian Open champion but has never won the Olympic gold or the Cincinnati title. And he’s no longer worried about the Zika virus.

“I did get more information on it,” he said. “My decision is to go to Olympic Games, because from the informations and facts that I got, it’s not as it’s presented, it’s not as dangerous. Of course there is always a possibility that you can get that virus, but I think, you know, maybe the fuss and the buzz about that virus has been created with some kind of other intent. But I’m not going to get into that. But, you know, for me it’s safe enough and I’m going to go.”

Tonight, Djokovic will try to win his 25th match against Tomas Berdych in the Toronto quarterfinals. The World No. 1 is now three wins shy of a 30th career Masters 1000 title.

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3 Comments for Novak Djokovic Thought About Skipping The Canadian Open Masters In Toronto

Daniel Says:

2 wins to go now, after another Berdy win. He served for first set 5-3 and again had trouble to close but still 3 wins in straight sets. 4 mpre sers and he can get Masters #30 and reastablish order, plus adding 1800 pts on top of Murray in this years race. This Masters may be the cushion Djoko needs to secure Year End #1 in case he doesn’t win USO.

Monfils having triple BP to break and serve for the macth agaisnt Raonic, did not see that coming. But somehow Raonoc never delivers in Canada Masters

jane Says:

nole-la monf / stan-kei
good semis!

Laver Rules Says:

For many of you high on the Fed kool-aid, here’s a write up at that you’ll relish.

“Will Tennis Survive the Year Without Roger” and to quote some really funny ones from that article:

“A season without Roger. How is tennis going to survive. Among the grinders and the runners and the bashers, there was hardly anyone who contributed grace, poise and true beauty to the game. The person who did was Roger. And the person who is not going to be playing this season, is Roger.”

And, even though I am more of a fan of Djoko than Fed, I, however, found this very will written.

“Djokovic runs, Roger glides. Djokovic jumps, Roger flies. Djokovic hits, Roger just swings. Well, Roger fans be ready to survive the season on long baseline rallies, inhuman like body stretches, muscled balls, and just plain old tennis, because Roger always brought something new, whether it was a tweener winner from behind the baseline, or a beautiful backhand cross court.”

This is some cool, effortless writing. I hope this bloke can drum up something on my fav Stan the Man.

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