“It’s a shame that Novak Djokovic…”, says an expert
World number one Novak Djokovic played well at Toronto 2016. Novak knocked out Gilles Muller, Radek Stepanek, Tomas Berdych and Gael Monfils to advance to the title match, his eighth of the season. Djokovic bounced back from his Wimbledon loss and set the final match with Kei Nishikori.
Novak prevailed 6-3 7-5 in 83 minutes to lift the trophy and become the first player with 30 Masters 1000 titles. in the first set and came out on top in the second to celebrate his fourth Canadian Open crown.
Djokovic dropped Nishikori for the ninth consecutive time after that shock semi-final defeat at the 2014 US Open. The Serb served at 76% and faced two break points in the sixth game of the second set, when Kei recovered from the break.
Other than that, the Japanese didn’t have any comeback opportunities, putting him under pressure in his service games. Kei couldn’t take it as Novak dominated him from the baseline, especially in the first set. Nishikori improved her second serve in the second set and held the rallies, only to lose ground in the crucial moments.
Novak’s tennis in the first set was otherworldly. He served at 85% and landed sublime shots that gave Kei no chance. Djokovic took the first ten points of matches from him as a great harbinger of his overall performance.
Nishikori stayed in touch early on before Djokovic broke in the 15th minute of game six for a 4-2 lead. The Serb served well in the remaining game and won the opener 6-3.
Jo Durie talks about Djokovic
Former British number 1 Jo Durie thinks it will be a “real shame” if Novak Djokovic can’t play at the US Open, as debate rumbles over his hopes of competing in New York.
“What a waste at the start of the year in Australia. Miscommunication and it was really hard on him,” Durie explained. “Now we have the US Open and he can’t go. He withdrew from the Canadian (Open) because he is not vaccinated.
He’s so strong mentally with the things he wants to do, but it seems difficult at the moment. It’s unfortunate. Those are the rules in America right now. Most countries have opened up now, but who am I to say (if he should be allowed to play)? It’s a shame he can’t play right now because obviously he would be the favourite.”