Toronto – final
(1)Novak Djokovic d. (14)Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2 [1:01 h]
Gasquet isn’t able to compete with the most reliable baseliners. After this final the Frenchman has lost the last 34 sets he played against the trio: Djokovic (11 sets), Rafael Nadal (14) & David Ferrer (9). And in all those matches he entered just one tie-break (!), it’s an embarrassing stats from his perspective. Well, he isn’t patient and physically strong enough to propose them a dogfight, he also doesn’t possess the power in two basic shots (serve & forehand) to push them into a deep defence… The first set of the final looked decently until 3:3 (15-all). Gasquet, as a receiver, during a spectacular rally played two reflex-volleys & moon-lob, but Djokovic finished him off with a forehand winner. It was a vital moment, since then the Serb collected 13 straight points, capitalizing the set with an ace on second serve and the match was basically over. Gasquet didn’t show any sign of belief in a three-set victory, lost his serve poorly again in the 1st and 7th game of the 2nd set to ’30’. Djokovic becomes just the third man in the Open era to win the Canadian Open at least three times # The form he showed this week indicates that he is still the best player in the world on hardcourts. All three tournaments he has won this year were held on this surface (it’s his 31st title overall). “It’s a big tournament, one of the biggest we have in tennis. I’m very happy to be in this position,” said Djokovic. “I truly did not expect myself to win this tournament after the emotional losses in the Olympic Games. I really took it hard. I tried to bounce back and recover; I’ve done great, I have to say.” Stats of the final.
(2)B.Bryan/M.Bryan d. (8)M.Granollers/M.Lopez 6-1, 4-6, [12-10] – 1 m.p.
# Most successful players at the Canadian Open:
6 titles – Ivan Lendl (1980-89)
3 – Andre Agassi (1992, 94, 95), Novak Djokovic (2007, 11, 12)
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