Novak Djokovic Wins 9th Title Of 2011 At Rogers Cup, Improves Season Record To 53-1; Serena Williams Wins Women’s Title

Novak Djokovic

Even when Novak Djokovic brings his C game this year, he’s tough to beat. Mardy Fish had many chances to stop the Djokovic juggernaut, but in the end Nole played just well enough when he had to, prevailing 6-2 3-6 6-4 to win the 2011 Rogers Cup at Montreal. Despite winning the first set 6-2, Nole looked lethargic and sluggish from the outset. In contrast to the energy and adrenaline he rode in his match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, he seemed tired. Nevertheless, he did what champions do, find a way to win even when they are not at their best. And the numbers keep piling up. He is 53-1 for the season. He is the first ATP player since 1993 (Pete Sampras) to win their first event after becoming world #1. Contrast that with Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who lost 7 straight first round matches after becoming #1. Nole is 29-0 on hardcourts this season. He is the first player to win 5 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in one season. On top of that, he has won all 5 that he’s entered (DNP Monte Carlo) with 3 more to go.

Serena Williams

That sound you hear coming from the locker room at WTA events is a lot knees knocking together. They know Serena is back and in form. Although winning at Stanford last week was a triumphant return, what she did in the semifinals and final at Toronto (the Rogers Cup is played in two cities at the same time) sent a message to every player on tour. Victoria Azarenka and Samantha Stosur have the game to challenge Serena. Well, human Serena. But super Serena showed up the last two matches and blew Vika and Samantha off the court. If Serena keeps this level of play going the next 4 or 5 weeks, the only thing that could possibly stand in her way to another US Open crown would be a 100% healthy and in-form Kim Clijsters. But will Clijsters be healthy and in-form? Honestly, I doubt it. Healthy? Maybe. In form? No. Not coming off an injury with little match play. Other than that, it will take Serena coming out and having an awful day, or maybe Caroline Wozniacki playing the match of her life to stop Serena at Flushing Meadow. It’s sports. You really never know what could happen. Maybe Petra Kvitova or Vera Zvonareva gets hot at Flushing Meadow. Maybe Li Na steps up. Somebody better, if they want to stop Serena.

And speaking of the US Open, here are the top 10 standings for the US Open Series following Rogers Cup.

Women

1 Serena Williams (USA)  170
2 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)  130
3 Samantha Stosur (AUS)  70
4 Vera Zvonareva (RUS)  60
5 Andrea Petkovic (GER)  50
T-6 Victoria Azarenka (BLR)  45
Marion Bartoli (FRA)  45
T-8 Ana Ivanovic (SRB)  40
Sabine Lisicki (GER)  40
10 Maria Sharapova (RUS)  30

Men

1 Mardy Fish (USA)  185
2 Novak Djokovic (SRB)  100
3 Ernests Gulbis (LAT)  85
T-4 John Isner (USA)  70
Gael Monfils (FRA)  70
Radek Stepanek (CZE)  70
7 Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)  60
8 Ryan Harrison (USA)  50
9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)  45
T-10 Kevin Anderson (RSA)  30
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)  30
Viktor Troicki (SRB)  30

Singles – Final
Serena Williams (USA) d. (10) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 64 62

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

SERENA WILLIAMS

SAMANTHA STOSUR

MARDY FISH

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