Novak Djokovic takes on Aussie wunderkind Bernard Tomic in a fascinating night session clash at the Toronto Masters.
It's been four months since Djokovic last won a trophy, back at the Miami Masters and the Serb is keen to ensure that drought does not last much longer. Djokovic endured a disappointing end to the Olympics, losing back-to-back matches against Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro as he missed out on a medal.
“There are many more tournaments to come and they’re played on my favourite surface, so I will try to use that in my favour and perform my best,” Djokovic said. “It’s great to be back in Canada for the Rogers Cup,” he said. “I had lots of success in Canada in previous years, and I love coming back here and playing here. Lots of support, lots of people from ex-Yugoslavian region that live here and come and support. People in Canada love tennis and appreciate the tennis players. For us it’s great to be a part of such a great event.”
Djokovic leads 2-0 on the head-to-head against Tomic. Their first encounter was a lengthy quarter-final battle at Wimbledon 2011 but the last one was far more straightforward for the Serb who won 6-3, 6-3 at the Rome Masters earlier this year.
However Djokovic is anticipating a tough match. “I've practised with him many, many times, and we played twice,” he said. “Obviously with his style of the game he prefers a bit faster surfaces and plays a lot of flat shots. He has a lot of variety, a lot of talent in his game. He comes up with some shots that are really unexpected, so he can be very dangerous.”
Prediction: Djokovic in two.