* Bounces back from Wimbledon disappointment * Beats Nishikori for ninth straight time * Turns focus to Rio Olympics (Adds quotes, details) July 31 (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of Kei Nishikori with a 6-3 7-5 victory in the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Sunday. After clinching his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, Djokovic immediately started to turn his attention to something more elusive, an Olympic gold medal. In his first tournament since an upset third round loss to American Sam Querrey on the grass of Wimbledon four weeks ago,… Read More
Alexander Zverev, the rising star of German tennis who beat Roger Federer in the Halle Open semi-finals in June, pulled out of the Rio Olympics on Sunday due to fitness problems. “During my last two ATP matches in Washington and Toronto, I did not feel 100 percent and after several consultations with doctors and my team, we have decided that I must withdraw from the Olympics,” the 19-year-old said on Instagram. “I hope to be back in full form for the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and wish my German team mates all the best in Rio.” Zverev, who lost… Read More
TORONTO (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat 10th-seeded Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday night to reach the Rogers Cup final and improve to 12-0 against the Frenchman.
(updates after Djokovic win) July 30 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic maintained his unbeaten record against Frenchman Gael Monfils with a 6-3 6-2 win in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Saturday, while Japan’s Kei Nishikori also reached the final after beating Swiss second seed Stan Wawrinka. World number one Djokovic, now 12-0 against Monfils, has the opportunity to become the tournament’s first four-time winner when he meets Nishikori in Sunday’s final Nishikori came from 2-5 down in the opening set to stun Wawrinka 7-6(6) 6-1 in the first semi-final at the Aviva Centre.
(Reuters) – Japan’s third-seeded Kei Nishikori came from 2-5 down in the opening set to stun Swiss second seed Stan Wawrinka 7-6(6) 6-1 in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Saturday. Wawrinka, a two-times grand slam champion who has won 14 ATP World Tour titles, became increasingly dispirited as he lost 11 of the last 13 games at the Aviva Centre after squandering four set points in that opening set. Nishikori, serving at 40-0, sealed victory on the first of his three match points when an overhead smash prompted an unforced error from his opponent, ending an… Read More