The Serbian star defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5 in the final on Sunday to be crowned Rogers Cup winner for a record fourth time.
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Djokovic suffered a shock defeat at Wimbledon this year as he lost to American Sam Querrey, but now he has overcome that loss after becoming the Rogers Cup winner. The world’s No.1 was favourite to win the match from the starts, per online sportsbook Paddy Power, considering he has won each of the last eight encounters with the Japanese No. 6.
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Of the current active players, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal were previously tied with Djokovic on three Rogers Cup titles before he won the tournament on Sunday, with the Spaniard last winning it in 2013 while the Scot lifted it 12 months ago.
The 29-year-old Serbian highlighted the support from the stands helped his cause to become the first four-time Rogers Cup winner, however he felt disappointed that a number of tennis stars opted out of participating in the tournament with many instead opting to save their strength for the Olympics in Rio.
“I felt great since I arrived in Canada, I felt the love from the crowd. It wasn’t easy for the tournament not to have some of the top players who pulled out from the event but it was still a very successful tournament,” said Djokovic.
“First couple of matches I was still trying to find the rhythm on the court and my comfort zone in the shots and confidence level. I raised the level of my game as the tournament progressed and today was the best performance of the tournament at the right time so hopefully I can carry this win and this confidence into Rio as well.”
Djokovic is now setting his sights on conquering the Olympics after missing out on gold in previous editions of the sporting event. He’s the favourite to win in Rio with odds of 1.90 (10/11), while world’s No. 2 Andy Murray – who won the Wimbledon this year – is right behind him 3.25 (9/4). Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal are heavy underdogs with each of their carrying odds of 15.00 (14/1), while Kei Nishikori is fifth favourite for the gold 26.00 (25/1).