Sunday, August 12, 2012
Novak Djokovic beat Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-1 to reach the final of the Toronto Masters where he will play Richard Gasquet.
Nole and Tipsy waited out a long rain interruption for the second day in a row and had to pause for 90 minutes in the sixth game of their semi-final.
Gasquet defeated John Isner 7-6 (7/3), 6-3
"We wanted to play and finish the match tonight," said Djokovic. "Of course we cannot affect the weather, but it was good to get this match done.
"Number one is of course a motivation for me, I cannot lie. I want it again.
"But Roger deserves it right now, he won Wimbledon and is playing well. We are making each other great players," he said.
Djokovic broke three times and held off seven break points on his own serve, including four in the final game. He earned the win following a break of Tipsarevic for 5-1 which required four deuces.
"I was not very happy with my first serve percentage," said the Serb. "I tried to play patient and be consistent."
Gasquet advanced in 80 minutes over Isner in a match played during a dry spell in what has been a miserable three days of rain in the area.
Isner said shifting weather patterns dampened his concentration.
"It's pouring down rain when I arrived to the courts, and next thing you know it stops raining and you get 100 people out there and the courts are ready to go," said the American. "I didn't get to warm up for the match."
Gasquet never let Isner into the match, running the big man around the court and forcing errors from the American eighth seed.
"The key of the match was to return well, and I did it," said Gasquet.
"I had to do a big tiebreak, and I did it. I played incredible in the tiebreak and then I felt well."
Gasquet took the first set into a tiebreaker, earning a 4-2 lead off a passing shot before taking the 42-minute opener on the first of three set points with an overhead winner.
In the second, Gasquet broke for 4-2 with another pass past Isner and profited three games later from two consecutive forehand errors from his opponent to earn the victory.