Novak Djokovic’s next tournament is the Rogers Cup, held this year in Toronto. The world no. 1 returns to action at the Toronto Masters which begins on 4 August.
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Djokovic has been enjoying a well-earned rest since his sensational Wimbledon feats, when he reclaimed the world no. 1 ranking by defeating Roger Federer in a five-set final to claim a second Wimbledon trophy and displace Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings. The six-time Grand Slam champion had won only one of the last six Grand Slam finals he played and faced the prospect of this one slipping away from him when he failed to serve out the match in the fourth set, allowing Federer to come back from 2-5 down to take the set 7-5, so it’s impossible to say that Djokovic didn’t deserve a holiday after coming back in the fifth to take the title.
The once-more world no. 1 has put his time off to good use, marrying longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic – the couple are expecting their first child in October – and although the US Open Series begins at the BB&T Atlanta Open on Monday 21 July, Djokovic will return at the first Masters 1000 Series event of the summer, the Rogers Cup.
Beginning this year on Monday 4 July, the ATP Masters 1000 Series Canada, as it is officially known, is played in Toronto and Montreal in alternate years. Toronto played host to the WTA in 2013 so this year it is the turn of the ATP.
Djokovic has won the Rogers Cup three times – in Montreal in 2007 and 2011, and in Toronto in 2012 – but in 2013 fell to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals in three sets. Nadal was in the middle of a sensational run of form which saw him capture the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern Open titles before going on to win the US Open, defeating Djokovic in the final.
The Serbian player will be eager, however, to follow up his achievement in depriving Nadal of the world no. 1 ranking by taking away the defending champion’s US Open Series titles and, although Djokovic lost to Nadal in the French Open final, the 2011 US Open champion has won two of their three meetings in 2014 – including an emphatic 6-3, 6-3 victory in their only hard-court encounter so far, in the final of the Sony Open in Miami.
Indeed, after failing to win a title at the Australian Open or in Dubai, Djokovic dominated the spring US hard-court season, winning back-to-back Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells (defeating Federer in the final) and Miami. He has never managed to do the same at the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati but, grueling as it is, nobody would bet against him doing so in 2014 as he attacks the US Open Series with vigour and confidence.
The wrist injury which bothered Djokovic during the clay-court season seems to be a thing of the past now and it is to be hoped that the world no. 1 will be on vintage form when he returns to action at his next tournament, the Rogers Cup in Toronto beginning on 4 August.