Monday, August 13, 2012
Novak Djokovic defeated Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2 to win the 2012 Rogers Cup title in Montreal.
"The losses I had in the Olympic Games gave me even more desire to come here and perform my best and try to win a title," Djokovic said. "I am very happy to be in this position. I truly did not expect to win this tournament after the emotional losses in the Olympics.
"I really took it hard and tried to bounce back and recover. And I've done great, I have to say."
Djokovic broke Gasquet three time qand saved all four on his serve to clinch the final victory in 62 minutes.
“I'm not one of the biggest servers in the game, that's for sure, but I always try to focus on the second shot after the serve,” Djokovic said. “I’ve been working on the efficiency of my first and second serve, but also trying to be aggressive in the first ball. It's been working exceptionally well throughout the whole week.”
Gasquet was making his first Masters 1000 finals appearance since 2006.
"It was a long time since I play a final at this kind of tournament," Gasquet said.
“It was a tough match,” said Gasquet. “It’s a big tournament. I felt a little bit more pressure. It's tough when you have Djokovic in front of you and you are not playing your best tennis. It's very difficult. He's going all the time with his backhand very early, so he's an incredible player. He played much better than me for sure.”
The final was played in clear skies after a week of frustrating rain disruptions.
"The rain delay and interruptions weren't making my life easy that's for sure," Djokovic said.
His patience was tested, and he went as far as to suggest Rogers Cup organizers consider some kind of cover for the stadium court.
"I will be coming back, definitely," he said. "That was just a suggestion from a player's perspective considering the last couple of days."
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