• Djokovic wins Rogers Cup opener

    8/12/09 4:36 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Djokovic wins Rogers Cup opener Novak Djokovic defeats Peter Polansky on Tuesday at the Masters Series Montreal. John Isner and Fernando Verdasco also advance.

    (4) Novak Djokovic d. (WC) Peter Polansky 6-4, 7-6(6)

    In his first match since Wimbledon, Djokovic overcame a slow start and generally uninspiring play to survive Polansky in one hour and 59 minutes on Tuesday at the Rogers Cup. Djokovic dropped the first three games of the match, but struck back for two breaks and ended up taking the opening frame of play without too much trouble. Neither man could break serve in the second, with Polansky saving two break points and Djokovic three. The fourth-ranked Serb was simply the better play at the crucial moments, and he won the competitive tiebreaker eight points to six.

    “The first couple of games I was sweating a lot and I was quite nervous, and it was the first match after Wimbledon, after a while, and it wasn't easy to get into the rhythm,” said Djokovic, who awaits either Mikhail Youzhny or John Isner. “But I managed to get my things together towards the end of the first set. It was important to get advantage. Then second set he had some chances to level it, to level the one set up, but I managed to play well in the important moments. I'm happy to get through in straight sets.”

    (SE) John Isner d. (Q) Jesse Levine 6-3, 6-4

    A surging Isner brushed aside Levine, his fellow American, in a routine one hour and 10 minutes to reach the Montreal second round on Tuesday. Isner, who has reached at least the quarterfinals of all three U.S. Open Series events (semis in Indianapolis, quarters in Los Angeles, semis last week in Washington), blasted 10 aces and never lost serve (although he had to save three break points). The 6'10'' Isner, up to 55th in the world, did damage in enough return games by winning 12 of 18 second-serve return points.

    (10) Fernando Verdasco d. Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-1

    Verdasco survived a battle between doubles partners, taking out Verdasco in one hour and 48 minutes on Tuesday in the Rogers Cup first round. The No. 10 seed seemed poised to make things much easier on himself, dominating the first set 6-1. During the second frame of play, however, Verdasco's forehand--and game in general--completely collapsed. Lopez, meanwhile, served extremely well (78 percent and six aces) to force a decisive third set. When it mattered most, Verdasco recovered and was simply too good. He served at 83 percent in the third, never faced a break point, and broke twice by winning more than half of his return points. Next up for Verdasco is Leonardo Mayer.

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sigh nole. there goes my hope that you will have gotten your act together.

stu , 8/12/09 5:10 AM

I'm very happy when I see djo can play again...
i hope, Djo win in this tournament

meilisa , 8/12/09 5:19 AM

i think the isner who played roddick at legg mason will beat nole in R3, easy.

stu , 8/12/09 5:40 AM

Even though it was a slow start for him, I'm glad Djokovic came through it. He's been largely ignored over the last few months- some articles I've seen have gone so far as to slap the "oh Djokovic won, who cares?" header on him unfortunately. Provided it's Isner waiting for him, that will be a tough test.

Kelli , 8/12/09 6:22 AM

Not really impressive start but most importantly, Nole won, oh yeah Kelli you're right, he's been ignored by few people over there, but there is lot of supporters who loves, adore and follow our guy, simply he's estimable person, and by the way, Isner can't be tough test for Novak at all, he's already proven where he's belongs, to the top of tennis scene, so, everyone including the top three could have tough test from the other players, not only Novak, anyway, all the best to our best tennis player ever...

gordana , 8/12/09 10:43 AM

Don't be so harsh on Nole. It wasn't that bad. I mean, there were too many unforced errors, and double service faults, but this is his first match after month or so, he is still adjusting to new surface and weather conditions..his forehand and backhand are still there, so it is promising. And don't forget that he was playing against Canadian player..I don't like to compare him to anyone, but did you watch Federer's match? Same thing. So, come on, us the best of you in next match. <3

OllyK , 8/12/09 11:26 AM sure your guy will come through. everyone is rusty right now with a long break, it's just the media stoking things up again.

maxi , 8/12/09 11:36 AM

maxi..thank you for your encouraging words of wisdom. :) I hope and truly believe Nole will make it. I read your posts (especially the last one) on article about Federer's match, I totally agree with you... None of top players looks excellent on court right now..
Ajde, Nolee! <3

OllyK , 8/12/09 6:48 PM

Ollyk, I think you're forgetting a certain Mr. Murray. He looked great apparently, his training last month is paying off. I know Nole has the game to put him in his place, I just wish he would take his career more seriously!

stu , 8/12/09 7:23 PM, unfortunately I must NOT forget about him. But...I just don't like his style. His game never seems good enough to me. I know, he is 3rd now, so, my perception is obviously wrong, but I wouldn't change watching one Nole's forehand or backhand for ten Murray's deffensive moves . Murray himself said for his last match that he couldn't find the right rythm. So, better than Nole in first round, I must admit - yes, but "great" is too strong word, I think. :) And, as I said before, I do, and will always believe that next Nole's match will show us Nole we all wish to see... So, again - come on, Noleee! <3

OllyK , 8/12/09 10:33 PM

i hope you're right! i for one am glad he's meeting youzhny and not isner...i don't know how he would deal with a big server since he hasn't found his form on his serve yet..

stu , 8/13/09 2:39 AM

Go Nole! I'm pulling for a Rafa-Nole semi so obviously really wanting him to do well. Nole hasn't been playing at his usual superb standards since the start of the season and people are sort of writing him I hope he'll perform well enough to be reckoned as a force still because he IS one.

Immensely talented but I think Nole seems to be struggling to find the fire and wanting right now. It was all there after AO2008 but faded after AO2009 and that gut-wrenching loss to Rafa at Madrid...but Nole's got what it takes, definitely, to be a multi-Slam winner. Just waiting to pounce at the right moment ;)

jyannis , 8/13/09 3:40 AM

OllyK, jyannis, well done, your posts made me so happy, finally nice words for our Nole on this site, special regards for both of you...

gordana , 8/13/09 10:26 AM

Stu...always think positive! :) I don't think that Isner would be a problem, too..Nole is "daddy" for them both. :) But, yes, Youzhny is for sure better choice right now...
Jyannis, welcome...great analysis..I agree. :)
Gordana (tetka Goco ;) ), Nole has more supporters than haters, that is for sure.. for every word of hate addressed to our Nole we will have two nice ones. So, don't worry. :)

Come on, Noleee! <3

OllyK , 8/13/09 11:11 AM

OllyK, hey girl you know my nick name on Nole's site, you've made my day, what an nice surprise, love you dear, our Nole has to be proud with his fans and supporters, we're almost everywhere, with God's help and Novak's strength, we'll celebrate not only today but every time he get step at the court, feel so happy for dearest boy, I do have a hope, he'll show everyone as well as himself, he's the classy tennis star, known worldwide, cheers my dear...

gordana , 8/13/09 12:16 PM

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
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