In what was his toughest match at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic made tennis history in Montréal. On Sunday, the world’s no. 1 became the first man ever to win five straight ATP Masters tennis titles after he beat Mardy Fish (6-2, 3-6, 6-4) in the Rogers Cup final. Fish proved to be a formidable opponent, breaking Djokovic several times and winning a set. Amazingly, that was the only set Djokovic lost the entire tournament. No player in any sport is unbeatable, but after winning his 53rd match in 54 tries this season, Djokovic is as close to that exalted state as any athlete in the world.
Over in Toronto, Serena Williams took home the title after beating Australia’s Samantha Stosur (6-4, 6-3) for her 39th career WTA tournament win. Competing in her second event since Wimbledon, Williams blazed her way to a title amidst a star-studded field, rising from no. 80 to no. 31 in the WTA rankings. She hammered nine aces and won 89 percent of her first-serve points en route to her second tournament win in as many weeks. Stosur and Williams have met five times in the past, and with Stosur winning two of those, Williams was far from a sure thing this time around. Becoming the Rogers Cup champion is just the latest step in a comeback from an injury that sidelined her for 49 weeks and should make her opponents very nervous as the U.S. Open approaches.
Top Image: Novak Djokovic during the Rogers Cup final match in Montreal Sunday, August 14, 2011. (Image Via Central Image Agency)