Toronto, Aug.1, (GNA/dpa) – Novak Djokovic sealed his winning return to tennis a month after an early Wimbledon exit as he beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday at the Toronto Masters.
The world number one claimed a fourth Canadian title with a victory in just under 90 minutes. His previous match was a third-round disappointment on grass in London against Sam Querrey.
Djokovic finished off victory with 13 winners on his third match point a game later with a service winner.
He now heads to Rio to compete for Serbia.
“It’s gonna be a great honour and pleasure to be part of such a renowned and recognized sporting event,” he said. “The Olympics are really special. I will give my best to fight for a medal.”
“The overall sensation [of Rio] is not going to be the same as the other tournaments, because it’s Olympic Games. Of course you represent your country. You get to feel that you’re part of something much larger than just the tennis event. I look forward to that.”
Djokovic extended his lead atop the list of ATP Masters 1000 winners as he earned his 30th honour in the elite series. Rafael Nadal stands second with 28.
Djokovic claimed a seventh title of the season as he repeated his defeat of Japan’s Nishikori from the Miami final in April. He leads the series with the top Asian 10-2.
“I hope I can step it up a little more and win some titles, but I think still Novak is biggest challenge for me,” Nishikori said. “On hard court he’s been beating me, not easy but two sets [in] Miami, now here.
“I need more experience in these kind of matches. This was still a great week even though I lost. But I’m think getting closer and closer. So hope I can get a Masters title as soon as possible.”
The convincing Djokovic win followed up Saturday’s dispatch of Gael Monfils as the Serb lifted his level at the business end of the week.
“That’s what I had to do, realize my performance,” Djokovic said. “At the start of the week I was not feeling that comfortable on the court. But I made progress and gained in confidence at the right time.”
Djokovic has a solid first-serve percentage of 80 per cent and said he was proud that he was able to use his delivery to get out of trouble as Nishikori made a late-match charge.
“I’m glad I had that weapon today,” Djokovic said. “Kei is one of the best returners on the circuit and a very fast guy – I had to serve well to win.”
Djokovic dominated the first 55 minutes of play before Nishikori rose up with a break-back in the sixth game of the second set for 3-all.
The Japanese world number six led for the first time 4-3 before Djokovoic reined him in with a break for 6-5.