World No. 2 Novak Djokovic retained his Rogers Cup crown on Sunday in Toronto, dismissing No. 14 seed Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2. It marked the Serbian’s first title since he successfully defended his trophy at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami (d. Murray).
Though he matched his 2011 performance with victory, Djokovic cannot usurp Roger Federer for No. 1 when the South African Airways ATP Rankings are updated on Monday. The 25 year old was contesting his 48th tour-level final, improving to 31-17, while upping his record in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals to 12-9.
“It’s a big tournament, one of the biggest we have in tennis. I’m very happy to be in this position,”
“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.”
Djokovic became the third player in the Open Era to win at least three titles at the Rogers Cup, joining six-time former champion Ivan Lendl and fellow three-time titlist Andre Agassi. In addition to his triumph last year, Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the 2007 title match.