Djokovic continues Monfils mastery, Nishikori wins

Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:20pm EDT
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(Reuters) - 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 Sunday'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, D.C. 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.

“It came at the right time,” Djokovic said in a courtside interview. “You never know what is going to come the other way from a guy who has been in top form in the last couple of weeks.

“He won in Washington last week and came in here and won comfortably in most of his matches. I had to stay committed from the beginning and I’m very, very pleased with the way I played.”

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

“Playing against Kei is never easy,” Djokovic said. “He’s been around. He’s an established top-five, top-10 player. He’s one of the quickest on tour and I’m going to have some fun.”   Continued...

Jul 30, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning the singles semi final match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports