Djokovic advances to Rogers Cup final
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic advanced to the Rogers Cup final when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired from their semifinal match Saturday night because of an apparent right arm injury.sports Updated: Aug 14, 2011 08:40 IST
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic advanced to the Rogers Cup final when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired from their semifinal match Saturday night because of an apparent right arm injury.
Djokovic, who led 6-4, 3-0 when the Frenchman retired, will face sixth-seeded Mardy Fish on Sunday.
The Australian Open and Wimbledon champion is playing his first tournament since taking the top spot in the world rankings and improved his match record for the year to 52-1, including 28-0 on hard courts.
Djokovic, the Rogers Cup winner in 2007, is seeking his ninth tournament win of the year and his record fifth of the season in an ATP Masters event.
Tsonga, who took Djokovic to four tight sets in the Wimbledon semifinals, indicated to the chair umpire there was a problem with his arm after losing his first service game of the second set.
After Djokovic held serve, Tsonga was examined by a doctor at courtside and decided to stop playing.
Earlier, Fish advanced to his third straight ATP Tour final, beating Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4.
The American has won 11 of his last 12 matches, winning at Atlanta last month and reaching the final two weeks ago in Los Angeles. He's trying to become the first American to win the Rogers Cup since Andy Roddick in 2003.
"I win a lot of matches because I can play a lot of different styles, I think," Fish said. "A faster surface like this is going to suit my game perfectly â€” a hard court where I've got my footing pretty good. My serve moves through the court well.
You can come in. You can stay back a little bit, as well. But to be this successful, I have to play really well, too, and I've done that."
Fish's performance also helps his bid to be seeded high for the U.S. Open later this month. He has another tournament next week in Cincinnati before the Open.
"I desperately wanted to go into the U.S. Open in the top 10," he said. "I'm not sure where this puts me now or if it moves me at all. At least it gives me a little cushion against some of the guys that are coming up."
First Published: Aug 14, 2011 08:37 IST