Novak Djokovic won his 30th ATP title at The Canadian Open 2016 after defeating the resilient Kei Nishikori from Japan in straight sets.
Djokovic put in an impeccable performance against his Japanese rival as he fired 5 aces and multiple winners in his win. With the win, his tally of Rogers Cup titles increases to 4, the most by any player in the Open Era. In his first tournament after the 3rd-round loss to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon, Djokovic struggled in the first few ties but ultimately regained his mastery over strokes. The first set was over in nearly 30 mins as the world No. 1 destroyed Nishikori with baseline shots and strong returns.
“It allowed me to be more aggressive. It was my best performance of the week.“, Djokovic was quoted saying. Through the first set it got more evident with Nishikori’s incompetence to match Djokovic’s play. “He raised his level a lot from a couple of days ago,” said Nishikori. “I was hitting some good first serves, but he was making returns deep. He was hitting great returns and I was missing easy ones.”
As a run-up to the Olympics, Djokovic seemed a little too hopeful of winning medals as he was caught saying, “I don’t need to explain that every athlete dreams of being a part of the Olympic Games, I’m competing in singles and doubles. Hopefully I’ll get at least one medal!”. This only goes to show the enthusiasm and zest that he holds for the game, his passion and love.
With Sunday’s win, Djokovic amassed another $782,525 and 1000 ATP tour points. “As the tournament goes on, I find that proper comfort level with shots, with the way I feel, with mental attitude, and the two best performances have arrived in semifinals and finals at the right moment for me.” Nothing seems to stop the world No.1 from winning and winning.