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Novak Djokovic claims title of men's singles at 2016 Rogers Cup


08-01-2016 13:06 BJT

To tennis now and the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. World number one Novak Djokovic would face Kei Nishikori in the title match -- and the Serb has had his opponent's number. Since the Japanese famously upset Djoker at the U-S Open two years ago, the Serb has won 8-straight matches between the two. A ninth victory in a row would give him his fourth title in Canada, the second most ever.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses his trophy during the awarding ceremony of the men

Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses his trophy during the awarding ceremony of the men's singles final at the 2016 Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada, July 31, 2016. Novak Djokovic defeated Kei Nishikori of Japan 2-0 and claimed the title. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)

The Serb is at the bottom of your screen, up a break and holding match point, Nishikori is controlling this point, but Djoker, never gives up, and forces his opponent to retreat with an incredible defensive lob that stays in, and a wayward returns hands the world number one the point and the set 6-3.

Off to the second, tied at 5-all -- but Djoker with a break point, and he would convert, when Nishikori's return cannot remain in -- and the 12-time grand slam is on the verge of victory.

Nishikori saved two match points but he could not save a third as Djokovic claims a 6-3 7-5 to clinch his fourth Rogers Cup and his 30th ATP Masters title. Next up for the record-breaking 29-year-old is a trip to Rio try to win his first Olympic title.

Over on the women's side which is being held in Montreal -- fifth seed Simona Halep would face Madison Keys in the final.

The first frame would need a tiebreak, and when Keys backhand goes wide, the Romanian is half way to beating the American for the second straight time, she grabbed victory at Wimbledon last month.

In the second set, Halpe shows off some incredible skill -- on the defensive she is able to lob her opponent and grab the point as she takes control of the frame.

Off to match point, and the world number five serving, the American would not go quietly, unloading from the baseline, getting a little lucky as one of her forehands clips the net and stays in, but she could not get another break, as she would fail to get the return over. Halep clinches a 7-6 6-3 victory, her 14th WTA title, and second straight, after grabbing the title in her home tournament in Bucharest last week.

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