Djokovic Defends Rogers Cup: ATP Toronto Recap
Steen Kirby, TennisEastCoast.com
Novak Djokovic defended his Rogers Cup title in Toronto and was top dog all week as he finished the tournament off dispatching surprise finalist Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-2 in a routine match. Previously in the week, he handled Bernard Tomic, Sam Querrey, and Tommy Haas in three sets and countryman Janko Tipsarevic in a slugfest semi-final that was interrupted by rain. In fact, the Toronto tournament had to deal with weather interruptions all week. Tipsarevic repeated his Rogers Cup semifinal performance.
For Gasquet, he jumps into the top 15 by reaching his third masters final and his first in six years, but he has never won a Masters event. In order to reach the final, he beat Mikhail Kukushkin, 4 seed Tomas Berdych, 2011 Rogers Cup finalist Mardy Fish and a likely fatigued John Isner, who had had to play two matches in one day the day before (beating Phillip Kohlschreiber in three and Milos Raonic in straights).
In doubles, the Bryan Brothers earned another big title, beating Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.
In other North American tennis news, Steve Johnson won the Aptos, California challenger title on the USTA pro circuit.