Djokovic Stops Fish for Record Fifth Masters Title This Year

Novak Djokovic won a record fifth Masters Series title in a year when he defeated Mardy Fish 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Rogers Cup tournament on Sunday. Djokovic is the first world No. 1 to win an ATP World Tour tournament in his debut since Pete Sampras did it back in 1993 at the Hong Kong tournament.  Montreal is Djokovic’s  10th overall ATP Masters title and it’s he his  ninth tournament victory of the season.

Djokovic talked  to media in his post match news conference about how much fun it is to have the “World number 1 effect” on his opponents, “well, it is probably a little mental advantage when you get on the court knowing that you’re the player to beat.  But, on the other hand, it adds the pressure and expectations as well because you are a favorite to win each match you play, whoever you play against.

“It’s a right balance in the end, you know, trying to just think about the match, think about just the next point, you know, figuring out tactics to win against the opponent that day, not thinking about the position that you have or whatever.

“But today I started off really well.  I played a first set and couple of games better.  I should have made that break in the second set.  I didn’t.  I got him back in the match.

“I did get tight in the end.  It was even match.  He served well.  He was moving well.  I played one good return game in the third set, and it was enough.

“But, yeah, it was a close match, for sure, said Djokovic.  “A couple of points, one good return game in the third set, decided the winner.  But it’s a finals.  You can somehow expect that the players are evenly matched and they both want to win the title badly.  This is something that I was aware of before the match.

“I knew that he is not going to give me the match and the win.  I knew that I have to fight for it.  Up to the last moment, you didn’t really know who is going to win.  But I believed I could do it.“

“It’s just all about having positive attitude on the court every day, waking up every day wanting to improve, wanting to win, being determined, being professional, the Serb said about his winning streak. ” It’s that desire and motivation that keeps me going.  Every match I play, I try to win, regardless which match is it or whoever is across the net.“

“I’m sure that there is going to be, you know, bad days.  I just feel that now I’m playing the best tennis of my life.  This year by far has been the best in my career.  I’m enjoying it.  That confidence that I’m carrying helps me a lot.“

“I mean, history making, of course it’s special.  Of course, it’s an honor and privilege to be part of the history of the sport that I love and that I play.“

“There is this motivation each day I play to win.  I’m still 24.  I still have lots of desire to win all the time tournaments that I play on practically.  I play every match 100%.  That’s just the way I was learned to do and that’s the way I always have played.

“There are some goals.  Of course, US Open, that’s somewhere where I want to perform my best eventually, try to get another shot at a title.  Then another Davis Cup would be great this year.

Djokovic is now 53-1 on the year, 16-1 versus top 10 opponents with a perfect 29-0 record on hard courts.

Djokovic intends on playing the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, “I’m going to play some golf first, then some tennis.”

Videos by Jennifer Knapp.

Jennifer Knapp is in Montreal covering the Rogers Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She has been following professional tennis for 15+ years and has attended dozens of tournaments around the world. She completed her own personal “Grand Slam” after attending her 1st US Open in 2002 and next on her tennis bucket list is the 2012 Olympics in London. She was in Montreal this week covering the Rogers Cup for Tennis Panorama News.  Her personal twitter is @jusbjen.