Showing posts with label Rogers Cup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rogers Cup. Show all posts

Monday, August 13, 2012

Nole wins second straight Rogers Cup title

Nole wins second straight Rogers Cup title

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.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Murray out of Toronto with knee injury

Murray out of Toronto with knee injury

Andy Murray withdrew from the Rogers Cup with a knee injury and gaveMilos Raonic a free ticket into the quarter-finals.

Murray was treated for his knee injury during his victory over Flavio Cipolla yesterday.

The London 2012 Olympics gold medalist will hope to be fit for Cincinnati next week.

"I decided this morning," said Murray. "It was a bit sore yesterday. I came in today, saw the physios, they did some work on it, and it's still a bit sore.

"I did a little warmup on the bike to try it out and it was still sore. I had to make a decision as to what I was going to do.

Nole and Andy win, Delpo and Jo upset in Toronto

Nole and Andy win, Delpo and Jo upset in Toronto

Novak Djokovic defeated Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-3 in the second round at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, where he is the defending champion.

Djokovic saved six break point in the opening set, and stepped up his level in the second, dropping just three points behind his serve.

“For the first match it was a decent performance,” said Djokovic. “Obviously at the start we played very long opening four games, and I was struggling to find the rhythm… It’s totally different conditions, time zone, ball bounce, everything.

“But I love playing on hard court. It’s my favourite surface. Obviously when I needed to play well and be patient, I’ve done that really well today. Serve was working really good, so that’s a positive.”

Djokovic next plays Sam Querrey.

ATP Toronto Schedule | Thursday, August 9, 2012

ATP Rogers Cup Schedule | Thursday, August 9, 2012

Stadium Start 11:00 am

[10] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs [5] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
Not Before 1:00 PM
[7] Juan Monaco (ARG) vs [11] Mardy Fish (USA)
Not Before 3:00 PM
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [SE] Sam Querrey (USA)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[16] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs [2] Andy Murray (GBR)
Ivan Dodig (CRO)/Marcelo Melo (BRA) vs [2] Bob Bryan (USA)/Mike Bryan (USA)

Grandstand Start 1:00 pm
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP)
[14] Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs [4] Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Tommy Haas (GER) vs Radek Stepanek (CZE)
[8] John Isner (USA) vs [12] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
Not Before 8:00 PM
[5] Jurgen Melzer (AUT)/Leander Paes (IND) vs Milos Raonic (CAN)/Viktor Troicki (SRB)

Court 1 Start 11:00 am
Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)/Scott Lipsky (USA) vs [3] Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL)/Marcin Matkowski (POL)
[6] Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) vs Paul Hanley (AUS)/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[1] Max Mirnyi (BLR)/Daniel Nestor (CAN) vs Fabio Fognini (ITA)/Juan Monaco (ARG)
Tomas Berdych (CZE)/Florian Mayer (GER) vs [8] Marcel Granollers (ESP)/Marc Lopez (ESP)

Court 4 Start 11:00 am
[4] Robert Lindstedt (SWE)/Horia Tecau (ROU) vs Daniele Bracciali (ITA)/Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Not Before 4:00 PM
Jeremy Chardy (FRA)/Gilles Simon (FRA) vs [7] Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)

Rogers Cup Results | Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Rogers Cup Results | Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Second round

J Chardy defeats (3) J Tsonga 64 76(4)
R Stepanek defeats (6) J Del Potro 64 76(5)
(1) N Djokovic defeats B Tomic 62 63
(2) A Murray defeats F Cipolla 61 63
(5) J Tipsarevic defeats M Youzhny 76(2) 64
(4) T Berdych defeats J Benneteau 67(10) 64 64
S Querrey defeats (13) K Nishikori 62 63
T Haas defeats (9) G Simon 62 63
(12) P Kohlschreiber defeats F Fognini 62 62
(10) M Cilic defeats M Baghdatis 75 63
M Granollers defeats (15) F Mayer 63 64
(14) R Gasquet defeats M Kukushkin 63 75

I Dodig / M Melo defeats F Dancevic / V Pospisil 62 76(2)
T Berdych / F Mayer defeats J Benneteau / R Gasquet 76(2) 46 10-7
M Raonic / V Troicki defeats M Fish / M Knowles 75 26 10-8
D Bracciali / A Seppi defeats K Anderson / E Butorac 63 64

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

ATP Roger Cup Order of Play | Wednesday, August 8, 2012

ATP Roger Cup Order of Play | Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Rogers Cup
Toronto, Canada - 06.08.2012-12.08.2012
Surface: Hard
Prize Money: $2,648,700
Total Financial Commitment: $3,218,700

Stadium Start 11:00 am
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs [6] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
Not Before 1:00 PM
[3] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
Not Before 3:00 PM
[Q] Flavio Cipolla (ITA) vs [2] Andy Murray (GBR)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS)
[WC] Frank Dancevic (CAN)/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs Ivan Dodig (CRO)/Marcelo Melo (BRA)

Grandstand Start 11:00 am
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs [5] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs [4] Tomas Berdych (CZE)
[9] Gilles Simon (FRA) vs Tommy Haas (GER)
[SE] Sam Querrey (USA) vs [13] Kei Nishikori (JPN)

Court 1 Start 11:00 am
[10] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
[Q] Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs [12] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
Not Before 2:00 PM
Milos Raonic (CAN)/Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)/Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Julien Benneteau (FRA)/Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE)/Florian Mayer (GER)

Court 4 Start 11:00 am
Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs [15] Florian Mayer (GER)
[14] Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
Daniele Bracciali (ITA)/Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA)/Eric Butorac (USA)

ATP Rogers Cup Results | Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Rogers Cup Results | Tuesday, August 7, 2012

First Round

M Youzhny defeats K Anderson 61 76(3)
M Kukushkin defeats F Dancevic 63 75
T Haas defeats D Nalbandian 62 67(11) 63 
R Stepanek defeats A Dolgopolov 63 61
S Querrey defeats J Melzer 63 62
 J Benneteau defeats W Odesnik 64 64
M Granollers defeats S Stakhovsky 46 64 63
F Fognini defeats Y Lu 76(7) 57 76(5)

Second round

(16) M Raonic defeats V Troicki 63 64
(8) J Isner defeats P Andujar 76(5) 75
(11) M Fish defeats M Ebden 62 60
(7) J Monaco defeats V Pospisil 75 64

 J Chardy / G Simon defeats P Bester / A Shamasdin 64 46 13-11
P Hanley / N Zimonjic defeats C Berlocq / K Nishikori 63 75

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

ATP Rogers Cup Order of Play | Tuesday, August 7, 2012

ATP Rogers Cup Order of Play | Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Rogers Cup
Toronto, Canada - 06.08.2012-12.08.2012
Surface: Hard
Prize Money: $2,648,700
Total Financial Commitment: $3,218,700

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Stadium Start 11:00 am
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [WC] Frank Dancevic (CAN)
Not Before 1:00 PM
Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
Not Before 3:00 PM
Tommy Haas (GER) vs David Nalbandian (ARG)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[16] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Viktor Troicki (SRB)
[8] John Isner (USA) vs Pablo Andujar (ESP)

Grandstand Start 11:00 am
[SE] Sam Querrey (USA) vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Not Before 1:00 PM
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
[LL] Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs [11] Mardy Fish (USA)
[7] Juan Monaco (ARG) vs [WC] Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

Court 1 Start 11:00 am
[Q] Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs [Q] Fabio Fognini (ITA)
[Q] Wayne Odesnik (USA) vs Julien Benneteau (FRA)

Court 4 Start 1:00 pm
[WC] Philip Bester (CAN)/Adil Shamasdin (CAN) vs Jeremy Chardy (FRA)/Gilles Simon (FRA)
Not Before 3:00 PM
Carlos Berlocq (ARG)/Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs Paul Hanley (AUS)/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Federer withdrew from Rogers Cup

Federer withdrew from Rogers Cup

Roger Federer withdrew from the Rogers Cup 2012 tennis event in Toronto.

Federer said he’s disappointed to have to withdraw and that he did so because he played in numerous tournaments recently.

“After a long stretch of tournaments, I will need some time to recover,” Federer said of the Rogers Cup. “I look forward to coming back to Canada next year.”

The world number 1 just won the single medal at the London Olympic Games.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Roger Cup 2012 Main Draw

Roger Cup 2012 Main Draw

[1] Djokovic - Bye
Tomic - Qualifier
Querrey - Melzer
[13] Nishikori - Bye

[9] Simon - Bye
Nalbandian - Haas
Stepanek - Dolgopolov
[6] Del Potro - Bye

[3] Tsonga - Bye
Chardy - Young
Granollers - Qualifier
[15] F.Mayer - Bye

[10] Cilic - Bye
Berlocq - Baghdatis
Anderson - Youzhny
[5] Tipsarevic - Bye

[7] Monaco - Bye
[WC] Pospisil - Seppi
[WC] Polansky - Qualifier
[11] Fish - Bye

[14] Gasquet - Bye
[WC] Dancevic - Kukushkin
Benneteau - Qualifier
[4] Berdych - Bye

[8] Isner - Bye
Andujar - Lacko
Lu - Qualifier
[12] Kohlschreiber - Bye

[16] Raonic - Bye
Troicki - Bogomolov
Qualifier - Qualifier
[2] Murray - Bye

ATP Roger Cup 2012 Qualy Draw

ATP Roger Cup 2012 Qualy Draw

(1)Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)
(WC)Milan Pokrajac (CAN) vs (7)Jurgen Zopp (EST)

(2)Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs Michael Berrer (GER)
(WC)Filip Peliwo (CAN) vs (11)Ivan Dodig (CRO)

(3)Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs Wayne Odesnik (USA)
Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) vs (8)Jesse Levine (USA)

(4)Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs (WC)Pavel Krainik (CAN)
Bobby Reynolds (USA) vs (12)Benjamin Becker (GER)

(5)Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs (ALT)Erik Chvojka (CAN)
Paul Capdeville (CHI) vs (10)Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)

(6)Michael Russell (USA) vs Paul Henri Mathieu (FRA)
(WC)Pierre Ludovic Duclos (CAN) vs (9)Flavio Cipolla (ITA)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Djokovic Rogers Cup Final Interview August 14th 2011

Djokovic Rogers Cup Final Interview August 14th 2011

6-2, 3-6, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Novak is the first world No. 1 to win an ATP tournament in his debut since Pete Sampras in 1993, Hong Kong. Also his 10th overall ATP Masters 1000 title, ninth on the season.
Questions for Novak.

Q. You spoke all week about this being your first tournament at No. 1. Each match there seemed to be a moment where your opponent looked up, remembered that it was you, got tight, gave you some additional opportunities to win the matches. How much fun is it to have the Djokovic effect, the world No. 1 effect?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it is probably a little mental advantage when you get on the court knowing that you're the player to beat. But, on the other hand, it adds the pressure and expectations as well because you are a favorite to win each match you play, whoever you play against.
It's a right balance in the end, you know, trying to just think about the match, think about just the next point, you know, figuring out tactics to win against the opponent that day, not thinking about the position that you have or whatever.
But today I started off really well. I played a first set and couple of games better. I should have made that break in the second set. I didn't. I got him back in the match.
I did get tight in the end. It was even match. He served well. He was moving well. I played one good return game in the third set, and it was enough.

Q. Did you feel a little bit more human today on the court that he had more chances to beat you than usual?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I am human. I can definitely assure you of that (smiling).
But, yeah, it was a close match, for sure. A couple of points, one good return game in the third set, decided the winner. But it's a finals. You can somehow expect that the players are evenly matched and they both want to win the title badly. This is something that I was aware of before the match.
I knew that he is not going to give me the match and the win. I knew that I have to fight for it. Up to the last moment, you didn't really know who is going to win. But I believed I could do it.

Q. Did you have a problem in the first set? You were looking over your shoulder.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Throughout this tournament I carried little problems with the shoulder. But it's okay. Nothing major.

Q. You seemed at times to be wearing your heart on your sleeve, trying to pump yourself and stoke yourself. What are you saying to yourself in a situation like that? How often do you throw the shoes?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, if I do have a couple of shoes, then I throw one.
Yeah, I was going through a lot of emotions. I think I was more nervous than in the previous matches today. Well, it was the final. There was a lot of tension going on. It was a very close match.
He wanted to win that match as much as I did. That's why, you know, we were quite intense. It was a mental fight, as well. It was not just physical.
But, you know, I managed to hold my composure when I needed to. I think it was decisive.

Q. You were talking about your shoulder that was bothering you in this tournament. Having as great a run as you are having right now, winning tournaments, is it taking a toll physically and mentally on your health?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Not so much anymore because I just know what to do now in order to prepare myself. Each day I'm spending a lot of time working, recovering, doing different kinds of therapies and stuff to get myself in the best possible shape.
I think my scheduling this year is really good even though, as you said, I played many matches. I think I've had necessary rest of two weeks after Wimbledon. So I had more than enough time to get recovered.

Q. How much more satisfying was it that it was your first tournament at No. 1 and then you win it?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, it was a big satisfaction.

Q. When he congratulated you at the end of the match, he seemed to make you laugh. What did he tell you?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, we are very good friends off the court, so we joke around all the time. He told me that I should give him one of these tournaments sometime.
But, no, it was great playing him. I'm happy to see him doing well. I think he's experiencing the best time of his career in last two years.

Q. You won everything in Masters Series except you didn't compete in Monte-Carlo. Do you regret missing Monte-Carlo?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I did regret because I live there. I consider it as my home tournament.
But it was I think the right decision. If I look at it now it was the right decision because I took some time off after Miami. I had very exhausting matches there, tournaments. I needed to take off to get ready for clay.

Q. In this streak you're on, how have you avoided not having a letdown, a bad day?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I guess it's just all about having positive attitude on the court every day, waking up every day wanting to improve, wanting to win, being determined, being professional. It's that desire and motivation that keeps me going. Every match I play, I try to win, regardless which match is it or whoever is across the net.
I'm sure that there is going to be, you know, bad days. I just feel that now I'm playing the best tennis of my life. This year by far has been the best in my career. I'm enjoying it. That confidence that I'm carrying helps me a lot.

Q. At times during the match you looked frustrated. You were making gestures like, What can I do? What was frustrating you at that time, especially in the second set?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: There were frustrations. I wasn't using my opportunities. I was maybe too defensive in some points. I mean, it's normal. It's nothing strange about me, you know. I like to show my emotions on the court. That's just who I am.

Q. Can you be better?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think you can always be better. You can always improve. You can always work on some things, so yes.

Q. What stroke?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I think I don't need to change in particularly the style of the game or just make some major changes in my game because I think this game is good enough, you know, to play well and to win tournaments on any surface. I just need to make some adjustments, maybe getting to the net more often, working on my serve to get more free points there.
It changes all the time. You cannot perform your best always. There are matches where you play just perfect and there are matches where you don't feel well. It changes day-to-day.

Q. You're setting records all the time. Greg mentioned in the beginning that you set another one today by becoming the first person in history to win five Masters Series tournaments. Does that mean something special to you?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I mean, history making, of course it's special. Of course, it's an honor and privilege to be part of the history of the sport that I love and that I play.

Q. Two weeks ago you were talking about a certain fashion show. You like to joke around, do impressions. You were kind of quiet this tournament. Is there a specific reason?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think it's because you haven't seen me. As I go out from here, I'm not quiet, believe me (smiling).
But I could not come to the fashion show. I finished off my day late. But if I did, I would make it fun for sure. I'm sure the guys had lots of fun. They told me it was cool.
Yeah, I like to enjoy things. Why not? Something that keeps your mind a little bit off tennis, because tennis is the longest season in sport, very requiring sport. It's always mental each day. You have to be professional 100% on the court, work hours and hours, play matches. People don't even realize the free time that we don't have, things that we are sacrificing to be here.
Whenever I have the opportunity to experience something else, why not? I enjoy it.

Q. Your impersonations are YouTube legend. Does anyone dare poke fun at the world's No. 1 player?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Tipsarevic did this year. There's a Monte-Carlo player show that goes on each year. It's about players taking a part in that, let's say, theater show, impersonating others, making fun of celebrities or tennis players, athletes, whatever. I've been taking part there already five, six years in a row. This year Janko did a great job of impersonating me actually. He did a great job. And he's planning to do it again next year, so...

Q. Earlier there was a question for the tournament director about young player development in Canada. What can you tell us about young player development in Serbia?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think Serbia has lots of talent in tennis, in sport in general. Of course, by the success that they have, we can see that that's true.
We are trying, of course us tennis players as well, to contribute in some ways to the development of tennis players in our country, to try to create a system and use our knowledge and experience to help the young ones coming up.
I think it's much better than it used to be because tennis didn't have any tradition in our country. But now it's being probably No. 1 sport in our country. There is a lot of interest in kids, federations, clubs to create more champions. I'm sure we will have that.

Q. Does it bother you in any way that Federer or Nadal would probably for the average person still be the better-known tennis player than you?

Q. How come?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Why I should be bothered by that?

Q. Because you're No. 1.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: So I'm enjoying my moment. I don't need to think about anybody else.

Q. What's your next big goal on the horizon that you want to achieve?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I mean, look, there is this motivation each day I play to win. I'm still 24. I still have lots of desire to win all the time tournaments that I play on practically. I play every match 100%. That's just the way I was learned to do and that's the way I always have played.
There are some goals. Of course, US Open, that's somewhere where I want to perform my best eventually, try to get another shot at a title. Then another Davis Cup would be great this year.

Q. The Monte-Carlo show. How accurate was Janko's impression of you and did he make you laugh?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: He made me cry laughing. It was fantastic really. It was great. It's too bad that people around the world don't get to see that. We will work on that. We'll try to get it more public so you can actually see the funnier side of players.

Q. Novak, we all get nervous when we play tennis. You said you got tight. What kind of conversations do you have with yourself when you're getting a little bit nervous like that?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Step in, you fool, hit that shot!
Well, I'm trying to encourage myself, of course. There are times when I am negative to myself. But, look, you know, I think I did hold my composure in important moments today, and I played well when I needed to.

Q. Are you definitely going to play Cincinnati?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I am going to play Cincinnati, of course, yes. Looking forward. I'm going to play some golf first, then some tennis.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

Fish Rogers Cup Final Interview August 14th 2011

Fish Rogers Cup Final Interview August 14th 2011

6-2, 3-6, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Mardy Fish.

Q. For the last few years you've been a player climbing up the mountain. Today you had opportunities and became closer to the top of the mountain. Do you take something positive from how hard you fought today?
MARDY FISH: I mean, I knew I was going to fight hard. I don't think that was going to be an issue.
It's really hard to get to these spots in the first place. And I've lost four of them all in three sets. It's really hard to take. I mean, just so much energy mentally and physically goes into going that far. I've never won one. I want it so badly. It hurts.

Q. Obviously you're not happy with the results. Could you tell us a little bit more how you evaluate your game today?
MARDY FISH: I mean, I felt like I had an opportunity today, I really did. You know, I had a lot of chances in that first set. Ended up losing 6-2 early. If you try to forget who you're playing against, you're just playing another player, maybe you can figure out a way to get a break or two there.
I had a lot of shots early in that first set on my racquet that I'd like to have back. So I had a lot of opportunities.

Q. Yesterday you said that you weren't going to play a baseline game with Novak. Did you manage to get to the net as much as you wanted to today?
MARDY FISH: Maybe not. I mean, tactically, like I said, I put myself in a lot of positions to have chances. I just didn't execute on the big points. I mean, there's a reason why he's won so many matches this year. He's got to be leading the tour in breakpoints saved, I'm sure, among other things. Those are huge.
I thought it was big to start serving in the third and to get through those first couple games was good. Everything was going according to plan. I just played one bad game.

Q. You mentioned the energy it takes for you to get to this state in a tournament. Does it make you appreciate what Djokovic has done this year?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, I mean, I can appreciate it more and more as I have success. You just kind of think because he's playing better, is better than everyone right now, he's most likely going to win. That's just not how it works. There's so many good players out here. You know, I mean, he was in trouble in the first set in his first match. He just gets through it. It's incredible, yeah.
Much respect.

Q. Is he beatable?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, yeah. I mean, I felt like I had chances today. You know, I didn't watch much of the match last night, I'm not sure what happened to Tsonga, but he probably had a couple chances maybe, I don't know, in that first set.
But he's overall just so solid. He puts his second-serve returns, doesn't miss those, puts them deep, kind of puts you on your back foot. You're sort of uncomfortable. He returns so well and put so much pressure, so much pressure on you.

Q. Golf is going through a different discussion than tennis. They're lamenting the fact there is no dominant player. Do you believe a dominant player helps or hinders a sport?
MARDY FISH: That's pretty deep (smiling).
I don't know. That's a good question. I think it draws interest to the sport, for sure. That we've got a guy that's 85-1 this year, or whatever he is, people want to see that. People like dominance, especially in the States. They love Federer. They loved him when he was dominating and he's not even American. They loved Tiger when he was dominating. So maybe it is good for it.

Q. What is it about the sport of tennis that you love so much that you're willing to keep putting yourself in these positions and keep going for it?
MARDY FISH: I love the competition. I love the competition, first of all. I love being really good at something. That's pretty raw and honest. I don't think I would be in the top 10 in the world in anything else, so I think I might as well play tennis (smiling).
The opportunities that it provides for, you know, your lifestyle, your life, my family. So all those things.

Q. You won big prize money this week. Are you going to invest in the stock market?
MARDY FISH: No, I won't.

Q. You have more confidence in your game than the stock market?

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Novak Djokovic wins Rogers Cup 2011

Novak Djokovic wins Rogers Cup 2011

Novak Djokovicdefeated Mardy Fish 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Rogers Cup 2011 in Montreal.

Nole is 29-0 this year on hard courts and 53-1 overall. He also won the Rogers Cup in 2007.

The sixth-seeded Fish was the only player to win a set a set against Djokovic this week.

Fish has lost all seven career meetings with Djokovic, but gave the top seed a battle with his awkward mix of baseline and attacking play.

Djokovic, who played night matches this week, looked uncomfortable from the outset and needed to save six break points to get through the opening set.

He saved his eighth of the match before Fish finally broke him with a perfect forehand down the line to take a 3-2 lead in the second set. Djokovic looked lost as he was broken again to close out the set.

But Djokovic was near-perfect on his service in the final set, although he needed four break points, one of which he challenged a call and lost, before finally putting away Fish.

“History making, of course it’s special,” he said. “Of course, it’s an honour and privilege to be part of the history of the sport that I love and that I play.”

“I think I was more nervous than in the previous matches today,” admitted Djokovic. “Well, it was the final. There was a lot of tension going on. It was a very close match. He wanted to win that match as much as I did. That's why we were quite intense. It was a mental fight, as well. It was not just physical. But I managed to hold my composure when I needed to.”

Fish, meanwhile, lamented his missed chances. “I felt like I had an opportunity today, I really did,” he said. “I had a lot of chances in that first set, ended up losing 6-2 early. If you try to forget who you’re playing against, you’re just playing another player, maybe you can figure out a way to get a break or two there. I had a lot of shots early in that first set on my racquet that I’d like to have back.”

“It’s really hard to get to these spots in the first place, and I've lost four of them all in three sets,” he said. “It’s really hard to take. I mean, just so much energy mentally and physically goes into going that far. I’ve never won one. I want it so badly. It hurts.”

“It was great playing him,” Djokovic said. “I’m happy to see him doing well. I think he’s experiencing the best time of his career in the last two years.”

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Tsonga ATP Rogers Cup Interview August 12th 2011

Tsonga ATP Rogers Cup Interview August 12th 2011

J. TSONGA/N. Almagro
6-4, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.

Q. Talk about facing Djokovic or Monfils, what you expect.
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: What I expect? Of course, Gaël for the moment is playing not as good as Novak. I hope Gaël, because he's French and because it's more easy for me (smiling). Also because it's a good friend, if he beat Novak, it's good for him.
I mean, anyway, I will play a semifinal, and it's going to be an occasion for me to go through this and maybe play a final. That's it.

Q. Is there something outside tennis away from the court that you really care about and you would like more people to know?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: What I care about?

Q. Off the court, a passion outside of tennis.
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: I don't know. A lot of things. The most important for me outside of tennis, it's maybe a relationship. I like have a good relationship with peoples. This is the most important for me outside of tennis because without other people, I'm nothing. This is the most important.
So when I don't play tennis, you know, I try to meet people. I can have a good day just if I speak with somebody, and that's it.

Q. What do you like most about your game this week?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: Maybe my backhand. Today was not so good, but I think I improve a lot my backhand. I'm a lot more aggressive and I can do a lot of thing with it.

Q. People always talk about your power. You look at the key point in this whole match where you broke in the second set, the forehand led to the lob, which took speed. Would you like to get more credit for the speed?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah, everybody speak about my power. But I think Rafa, Roger and Novak will tell you I can do some good dropshot, too.
No, I can play a lot of things. I think I can do a lot of things on the court. I can slice my backhand. I can go everywhere with my forehand, you know, even short cross-court. I can play some lobs sometimes. I go to the net. Sometimes I defend. I can do a lot of things, I think.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.

Q. Apart from being down in the middle of the second set you played well and this incredible lob gave you the adrenaline to finish off the match.
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: Yes, indeed, I was a bit tired today. I lacked energy. The match yesterday took a lot of stamina, and today my energy level was low. Therefore, I decided to focus on only a number of return games and try to focus on holding my serve. It was a way for me to save the energy I had left, not playing hard every game.

Q. Since you have an aggressive game, it uses up a lot of energy. Can you describe what kind of energy you need to keep this attacking game going.
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: Well, I have to tell myself I need to go ahead and I need to get involved. This is what takes more energy, just the fact of being totally committed.
Against Federer, for example, I can't stay behind the baseline, so all the time I have to think, Go forward, go forward, and this takes a lot of energy.
I could compare it with a boxer as opposed to a more subtle player. My game uses up a lot of energy.

Q. It must be terrible to be unable to relax and to have to think all the time that must keep it going.
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: No, it is not terrible. On the contrary, it's rather exciting that, as we said, it uses up a lot of energy. Now, I wonder whether it is not even more stressful to stay behind the baseline and wait never knowing what the opponent will do.

Q. Every time you beat Federer, for your next match everybody is waiting to see whether you will repeat the same kind of match. Last time you beat him, you didn't confirm your success, but this time you did.
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: Last time I played Djokovic in the semifinal of a Grand Slam tournament. Here I played Almagro in a Masters 1000 quarterfinal. That time against Djokovic, I believe I played well and Novak just proved he was a great player. I believe I confirmed my good game in the former match.
I hope tomorrow I will again confirm my success.

Q. What happens when you beat the top players? Do you feel you're like in a dream?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: No. I feel tired. The difference between the three or four top players and all the other players is that they are able to play match after match with the same intensity. In tennis what is frustrating is that you can practice for 10 years and still not feel good for a given match because during a match you use muscles that you just can't train.
If I have to play Roger, then the next match Rafa, then the next match Djokovic, it is extremely tough physically and mentally. But the more I play those players, the more chances I have to beat them.

Q. And now you have to play doubles with Wawrinka.
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: Yes. I hope we're going to have a lot of fun on the court and that it's going to go well.

Q. Does the crowd help when you play those top players?
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: The crowd is never the determining factor, but it can help to pump us up. Sometimes it might just be enough to make a difference.

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Monfils ATP Rogers Cup Interview August 12th 2011

Monfils ATP Rogers Cup Interview August 12th 2011

N. DJOKOVIC/G. Monfils
6-2, 6-1

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.

Q. What do you think it will take for you to go from where you are to being one of the top three guys?
GAEL MONFILS: For sure I think play more every week or most of the year and then tennistically for sure I need to be a little bit more aggressive because, as you can see today from the baseline, I'm hitting great the ball, but Novak is a little bit more offensive than me, and then it's 2-1 because he's not missing I will say like me. He hits winners, not like me. He's better.
I think I need to improve to be more offensive a little bit and have this step forward to win a couple points maybe easier.

Q. Early in the match, the first couple of games, Novak was shaking his head, appeared to be frustrated with himself. What is it like to be out there when he finds that game and builds his momentum?
GAEL MONFILS: I mean, it's tough. At one stage of the match, I'm really good, but I can't hit any winners because he's on his baseline, he's going whoosh, whoosh, whoosh and bang. You're like, Well, when are you going to start to miss a little bit? Obviously not today.
I think tonight I didn't find any solution, to be honest, to even help myself to win one game I will say in the second set. But still, you know, I think I played a good match. I think I have a good lesson to get. Maybe I'll have the opportunity to play him in the quarters as well in Cincinnati. I think I will have something new for him in Cincinnati if I have the chance to play him.

Q. What is a passion or cause you believe in outside of tennis?
GAEL MONFILS: Outside tennis? I love watches. I love watches. I love the mechanics of watches. I had lessons recently about how to build watches. Right now my passion is watches.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.

Q. You chose to have fun with the crowd at the end.
GAEL MONFILS: I had no other choice. But I can mention to you that I only started playing the clown when it was 6-2, 40-Love, young lady. But I had to try something at that stage and I thought maybe I'll try to take away his focus. He was playing like a machine. He was much too strong. I had nothing else to do. I thought, The only thing I can do about it is laugh about it. So I tried to make him loose his concentration.
Of course, I was trying to take things lightly. I was, in fact, not only having fun, I was also trying to steal some points from him as much as I could.

Q. Was he totally unplayable?
GAEL MONFILS: He was certainly the best Novak I ever met. Was he unbeatable? Anyway, today he was too strong for me. I played well, I believe. I hit the ball hard. But I never had any solution to finish off a point. I was hitting beautiful rallies, but at the end of those long rallies, he was always hitting the winner.
He was not missing at all. I was gaining no free points on my serve. In the end I was not able to serve anymore. Sometimes when Novak plays so well, I believe that my game enhances his own game. Because of the quality on my ball, he can play the perfect shots. He was always perfect, perfect, perfect.

Q. If you called Jo, would he give you some advice?
GAEL MONFILS: Jo is a completely different player than me. I'm sure he's kind of given Novak more trouble than I can. We have different games. Jo plays bang, bang, bang, whereas I have a different game. I sort of start the rally, I do hit hard, but Jo, when he hits hard, he systematically goes forward, moves into the court.
We don't have the same trajectories. I'm sure Jo is going to give him much more of a problem.

Q. The Cincinnati draw is out. Apparently you would play Djokovic again in the quarterfinals if everything goes well.
GAEL MONFILS: Not bad (smiling). I believe I have a bye, so I will have played two matches before that stage. Here I played well. But Djokovic was too good. If I have another chance to play him in Cincinnati, then it can't be worse than today. I have a few days ahead of me to prepare and I might find something to try to break down his game. It's a beautiful challenge.

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Fish ATP Rogers Cup Interview August 12th 2011

Fish ATP Rogers Cup Interview August 12th 2011

M. FISH/S. Wawrinka
6-3, 6-7, 6-0

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Mardy.

Q. Were you out there a little longer than you expected to be this day?
MARDY FISH: Well, no. I mean, it's a good player - very good player. You never expect anything. You don't expect to go out and think you can blow through someone like that.

Q. Were you a little disappointed that you had to stay out there that long?
MARDY FISH: Sure, yeah, of course. The second set was very strange for both of us. You know, a lot of variables that you're trying to work through. It's just not an easy game, you know. It doesn't exactly work as planned always.
You know, we couldn't hold serve to save our lives, but we returned really well. There's the positive, I guess (smiling).
You know, look, I played a lot of matches out here. To dwell on sort of how you played, you're going to have some problems. So, you know, it's nice that I'm able to move on and to be able to rectify my serve game tomorrow, and we'll see.

Q. What sort of has been your key to success so far this summer on hard courts?
MARDY FISH: It's the best part of the year for me. You know, except for this one, playing in the States or close to the States, the US Open Series has always been a good surface for me throughout my career. It's just the past two years I put it together pretty well.

Q. Mardy, considering your success, are you maybe sorry you left it a bit late to come and play in Canada?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, no, that's sort of a fluke, not having played here a couple times. It's sort of like that with the French Open, as well. I've only played like three or four times. I've played the US Open probably 12 times. I've played Cincinnati, the week after, probably 10 or 11 times.
I'm not sure why. Last year I wasn't even in this tournament. I would have had to play quallies. We were still playing in D.C. in doubles, so I didn't even get into the event. So that's why I didn't come last year.
But it's certainly nice to be here. It's certainly nice to play on those courts because they are pretty quick, and they do suit my game very well. I can kind of get away with not playing great tennis but still winning.

Q. Just a few words on how did your life and your fitness change since your operation two years ago.
MARDY FISH: Yeah, well, it changed. I had the knee surgery because I was too heavy. That was why my knee was hurting. You know, I needed to change some of my ways just to be able to get back on the court most likely at a relatively high level.
We changed a lot of things. The most important thing we changed was just my discipline obviously around my diet. But the discipline that it took to stay focused with that every single meal, every single day, was tough. That translated over to my tennis and my work ethic on the court and off the court, making the right decisions around tennis.

Q. If you win the tournament like you did a few weeks ago, do you still allow yourself that you can eat fast food or not?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, no, I don't do that anymore. But I'd like to celebrate after the US Open would probably be the best time, just when the whole summer's done. I don't want to give myself a bad night or two of eating or whatever and sort of be behind the eight ball a little bit. I'm sure it wouldn't be a big deal.
Look, when you win and you think that you know the reasons why, you tend to stick to those reasons. And I feel like my discipline with what I eat and the choices that I make around the tournaments and during the tournaments have an effect on how I play.

Q. What is the favorite food you had to forego?
MARDY FISH: Pizza was big. I like pizza.

Q. I remember in Miami when you first overtook Andy to become the No. 1 ranked American, you were still saying, Yeah, it's a bit of a fluke, with everything that Andy has done, he's still the No. 1 American. Now we are here five months later. The opposition has consolidated. You're probably going to be in the top 8 seeds in the US Open. Has it changed the way you basically see things?
MARDY FISH: I mean, it was uncomfortable in the beginning. I've said all along and I'll still say that, you know, no matter what I do from here on out, I can't put my career on top of his. For 10 years he's been the top dog in our generation, in my generation. James Blake has had a better career than I've had, as well. You know, so I follow these guys and I followed their lead the entire time.
Just because for a couple months I'm ranked ahead of him will never mean that I feel like or the public would feel like I'm a better player than him, so...

Q. You're going to go into the US Open as the leading American.
MARDY FISH: Yeah. But he went into the US Open as the leading American for 10 straight years. So just because I go in one year, you know what I mean? I've got too much respect for him. I would never say it. Even if I felt it, I would never say it. He's too good of a friend. He's one of my best friends in the world.
He's handled the brunt of all the questions and all the media and all the pressure his entire career, and I haven't at all. So I'm just hoping to take a little bit away from him.

Q. I was trying to understand. Has it changed something in the way you behave?
MARDY FISH: Not behave (smiling).
With the title comes a responsibility, as well. You know, there are a lot of Americans playing tennis. It's a big country, obviously. There are a lot of American tennis fans. It will certainly be exciting if it happens, to go into the US Open as the highest ranked American on both sides. Yeah, I mean, there's a lot of pressure in that for sure. I've never been in that position before, so who knows how I handle it. I hope I handle it well.

Q. Other than the loss of weight and the better fitness, is there something else that has made the difference in your success?
MARDY FISH: Well, I think, like I said before, just the discipline that it took those few months when I really was big-time on the diet, where I didn't miss a meal, counted every single calorie that went in, every calorie that I burned so we could stay in a certain level every single day.
The discipline that it took to do that just translated over into my entire life, my personal life, my professional life. You know, when you have that much discipline, you want it a lot more than you did before. That's the case for me.
There are a lot of really good players out here, a lot of great players out here. You know, if you want to win more than they do, then just maybe that little bit helps. And I certainly want to win a lot of matches now.

Q. And do you appreciate the success even more when you're older and after all you went through?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, I can. I can step back out of it. Like I said, I played a lot of tournaments, a lot of matches, a lot of big matches even before 2009. I just wasn't consistent. I had a good result here or there every other year or so.
I was always, you know, kind of up and down a little bit. That's what it takes: it just takes a little bit of consistency. It obviously helps to be healthy, as well. We do all the right things to try to do that.

Q. (Question regarding his weight.)
MARDY FISH: I was 203 and a half the day I had the surgery.

Q. And now?
MARDY FISH: I'm 175 right now.

Q. This morning?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, this morning (smiling).

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Berdych ATP Rogers Cup Interview August 12th 2011

Berdych ATP Rogers Cup Interview August 12th 2011

6-4, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Tomas.

Q. You seemed to have trouble with this player. What was it today? What was the difference?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Different than where?

Q. Than past games.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, just only thing was different that I had four chances, four little chances in this very close game, and I didn't took a single one, and he took two out of three. You know, that's how these days tennis is. If you get one chance, you have to be able to take it.
Unfortunately today I was not on that side that would take the chances, and that's why I lost.

Q. Talk a bit about what your strategy was, your game plan, and if you felt you executed on it.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, my game plan, you know, on one hand it's tough to say. You know, I came to the game with the way that I want to be aggressive, I want to serve well, sometimes like to play long rallies, be aggressive from the baseline.
Pretty much the game from my side was really solid. But, you know, it's not enough to be just solid because you can play maybe not as you like. And if you have a chance, and you made it one, to make the break, then you can win the game, and even you don't have to play the strategy what you want.
You know, probably I would like to be in the other position: that I would play the different strategy and then won besides this. But, yeah, I mean, it was just solid one, which is not enough today.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Videos: ATP Rogers Cup Friday Highlights - August 12th 2011

Videos: ATP Rogers Cup Friday Highlights - August 12th 2011

Watch highlights from Friday at the Rogers Cup, featuring quarter-final wins for Mardy Fish and Janko Tipsarevic... Plus World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 13 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins in straight sets...

Also enjoy Jo-Wilfried Tsonga´s forehand lob winner on the run during his quarter-final victory over Nicolas Almagro at the Rogers Cup on Friday to earn hot shot honours of the day.

ATP Montreal Saturday Results August 13th 2011

Rogers Cup
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
8-14 August, 2011


CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs T Berdych (CZE) / F Mayer (GER)
Not Before 3:00 PM
[6] M Fish (USA) vs J Tipsarevic (SRB)
Not Before 6:00 PM
[4] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs [2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN)
Not Before 8:00 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [13] J Tsonga (FRA)