Djokovic beats Monfils, heads to Rogers Cup final

Djokovic is 9-2 against Nishikori and has won their last eight meetings, including the hard-court final in Miami earlier this year. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters Toronto, Canada Jul 31, 2016, 10.18 AM (IST)
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 today'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.

Monfils came into the semi-finals having won nine straight matches, including the Citi Open title in Washington, DC last Sunday. Djokovic overcame a service break in the third game and was dialled in the rest of the way in the 74-minute match.

The Serb evaluated his play as his best of the week. Djokovic is 9-2 against Nishikori, and has won their last eight meetings, including the hard-court final in Miami earlier this year.

"It is going to be a great match and I'm hoping to have another great performance as I have tonight," Djokovic said in a courtside interview.

Nishikori is seeking his first ATP Masters 1000 title after reaching the third final of his career in the elite events.

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 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 encounter that lasted just under an hour-and-a-half.


1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat 10-Gael Monfils (France) 6-3 6-2

3-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat 2-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) 7-6(6) 6-1