Nole became the first player to clinch 30 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, downing third seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5 at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Djokovic needed one hour and 23 minutes to secure his seventh crown of the year and fourth at the Masters 1000 level, adding to victories in Indian Wells, Miami and Madrid. The Serbian, who takes home $782,525 in prize money and 1,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points, moved into solo second on the Open Era titles list at the Rogers Cup, adding to victories in 2007 and 2011-12. Only six-time champion Ivan Lendl owns more singles trophies in Canada.
“My two best performances came in the semi-finals and the final,” said Djokovic. “It came at the right moment for me.
“It’s a process like any other that has happened many times in my career, where I would start a tournament still feeling a little bit uncomfortable on the court and searching for my rhythm, and then, as the tournament goes on, I find that proper comfort level with shots, with the way I feel, with my mental attitude.”
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