Novak Djokovic successfully managed to defend his Rogers Cup title as he put on a superb performance to defeat Richard Gasquet in Sunday’s final, winning 6-3 6-2.
In a tournament that saw many rain interruptions throughout the week, the Serb mastered both his opponents and the weather with some brilliance to win his 3rd title of the year (the first one since Miami four months ago).
Djokovic, who left London Olympics quite dissapointed and emotional after losing to Argentina’s Del Potro in the bronze medal match, seems to be back on track after lifting the trophy here in Toronto.
The biggest opportunity for Gasquet to break his opponent came in the very first game, but he couldn’t convert any of the three breakpoints when 40-0 up on Djokovic’s serve. He regretted it later on as the Serb took his serve in the 8th game just before serving out the set.
Djokovic stepped up his dominance in set two, breaking Gasquet twice to sail to a third Rogers Cup title in just 1 hour and 2 minutes. His first victory at this tournament came in 2007, when he defeated Federer in the final.
With this win, Djokovic improved his head to head record against the Frenchman to 7-1, but won’t be able to overtake world no.1 Federer in the rankings just yet.
Stats of the match: Djokovic served 5 aces and no double faults, won 84% of the first serve points and converted 3/3 break points. Gasquet served 3 aces and one double fault, won 76% of the first serve points, but failed to convert any of the 4 break point chances he had throughout the match.