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Sensational Serb masters Montreal, makes history

sports Updated: Aug 16, 2011 00:08 IST
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic stopped Mardy Fish 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Montreal Masters on Sunday, capping his competitive debut as world number one with a record-setting title.

The Serb began his reign in style becoming the first to capture five Masters Series events in a single season while extending his match record to a jaw-dropping 53-1.

The win also made him the first to capture an ATP tournament on debut as number one since Pete Sampras in 1993.

Back in action for the first time since his Wimbledon victory, Djokovic quickly found his footing on the Canadian hardcourts and only dropped a single set along the way. “History-making, of course it’s special,” he said. “It’s an honour and privilege to be part of the history of the sport that I love. I’m still 24. I still have lots of desire to win all the tournaments that I play.”

Sania fails to make main draw

New York: Sania Mirza failed to make the main draw of the $2,050,000 Western and Southern tennis tournament at Cincinnati for the second successive year when she lost the second and final round of the qualifiers against American Alexa Glatch 2-6, 4-6 on Sunday.

However, she and Somdev Devvarman improved their singles ranking. Sania gained a place to be 64 while Somdev moved two places up to 63 in the latest rankings, issued on Monday.