The Rio Olympics will show for sure, but as of now, it appears Wimbledon was simply a blip on the radar for Novak Djokovic, who won the Rogers Cup in Toronto without losing a set despite playing less than flawless tennis all week.
Djokovic finally found his serve and played his most complete match of the tournament in the final against Kei Nishikori, beating him 6-3, 7-5, his ninth straight win against Nishikori since the 2014 U.S. Open. Nishikori nicely recovered from a break down in the second but was ultimately unable to get to a tiebreaker.
Djokovic seemed uncomfortable with his back and/or shoulder at a couple points during the week, but it mattered not, as Tomas Berdych choked away set points in the quarterfinals and Gael Monfils ran out of gas after a busy return from injury. By the time Sunday rolled around, Djokovic had played himself into better form.
— TennisTV (@TennisTV) July 31, 2016
It’s the fourth Masters 1000 title of the year for Djokovic (out of six) and No. 30 overall. He also joins Roger Federer (60 hardcourt titles) as the only men in tennis history with 50 titles on one surface (Rafael Nadal will join the club with his next clay title).
Djokovic is now no longer in any danger of losing the top ranking. Though a very slight threat, Andy Murray had put himself within striking distance of the year-to-date points lead for a shot at No. 1 later this year, but he chose not to defend his Rogers Cup from last year, resulting in a massive 1400 point swing to the Serb.
For Nishikori, it was a fine result after retiring at Wimbledon with a rib injury, something that seemed to affect him early on in Canada but less so as the week progressed. Another runner-up result for him means Djokovic, 29, remains the youngest player with a Masters title to his name. Also, Nishikori falls short of moving up into the top four seeds for Rio (he may get there anyway if Nadal just plays doubles).
This means the seeding in Rio is as follows:
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) July 31, 2016