Djokovic claims Toronto ti­tle

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WORLD num­ber one No­vak Djokovic de­feated Ja­pan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5 on Sun­day to win the Toronto hard­court tour­na­ment and claim his 66th ca­reer sin­gles ti­tle.

The Serb top seed col­lected his sev­enth tro­phy of the sea­son as he du­pli­cated his win over Asia’s top player three months ago in the Mi­ami fi­nal.

Djokovic im­proved to 10-2 in the series as he handed Nishikori a de­feat in just 81 min­utes.

Djokovic now leads the Masters 1000 win­ner list by two over Rafael Nadal (28).

“I had to re­alise my level,” Djokovic said. “I was not feel­ing that com­fort­able at the start of the week.

“But I made progress and gained in con­fi­dence at the right time.”

Nishikori was run down in the first hour of play be­fore stak­ing a brief claim on the con­test.

The Ja­panese player re­cov­ered from a break down in the sec­ond set, lev­el­ling at 3-all and tak­ing his first lead over Djokovic 4-3 in the next game.

But Djokovic re-es­tab­lished him­self with a break for 6-5, tak­ing vic­tory a game later on his third match point with a ser­vice win­ner that flew off Nishikori’s racket.

“It was a shame to lose the fi­nal but it was still a great week for me,” Nishikori said. “I’m go­ing to the Olympics next week and I hope to carry this mo­men­tum with me.”

Djokovic cred­ited his serve for see­ing him through.

“I’m glad I had that weapon to­day. Kei is one of the best re­turn­ers on the cir­cuit and a very fast guy — I had to serve well to win. “

Djokovic fin­ished with 13 win­ners as he im­proved to 51-4 this sea­son.

He now heads to the Rio Olympics to bat­tle for gold: “It’s gonna be a great hon­our and plea­sure to be part of such a renowned and recog­nised sport­ing event. The Olympics are re­ally spe­cial, I will give my best to fight for a medal.” — Su­perS­port

No­vak Djokovic

Al­varo Mo­rata

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