Djokovic Battles Past Fish to Win Rogers Cup

by John on August 14, 2011

For Novak Djokovic, the beat goes on. Playing his first tournament since Wimbledon, Djokovic became the first player to win five Masters Series titles in one season after defeating American Mardy Fish 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the Rogers Cup final this afternoon in Montreal. The title was the No. 1-ranked Serb’s ninth of the year and 27th of his career. Djokovic improved to 53-1 on the season and 7-0 lifetime against Fish. Playing in his third straight final, Fish, ranked No. 7 in the world, has been the hottest player on the U.S. hardcourt swing this summer and gave Djokovic all he could handle.. Nole, who played all night matches this week, looked uncomfortable from the outset and needed to save five break points to survive the opening set. The 24-year-old Serb got the crucial break in the sixth game, when Fish dumped a volley into the net. Djokovic saved his eighth break point of the match before Fish finally broke him with a forehand winner down the line to take a 3-2 lead in the second set. Serving at 3-5, Djokovic was broken at love to even the match at a set apiece. Djokovic got the only break of the third set in the fifth game and served out the match, winning it on his fourth championship point. “It was a close match, for sure,” Djokovic said. “A couple of points, one good return game in the third set, decided the winner. But it’s a final. You can somehow expect that the players are evenly matched and they both want to win the title badly. I knew that I had to fight for it. Up to the last moment, you didn’t really know who is going to win, but I believed I could do it. This was a big satisfaction.” Fish, taking more risks, hit 29 winners to 19 for Djokovic, but had more unforced errors, 42 to 29. The 6-foot-2 American served up eight aces to four for Djokovic. “I felt like I had an opportunity today, I really did,” Fish said. “I had a lot of chances in that first set, ended up losing 6-2 early. If you try to forget who you’re playing against, you’re just playing another player, maybe you can figure out a way to get a break or two there. I had a lot of shots early in that first set on my racquet that I’d like to have back.”

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