Djokovic upsets top-ranked Federer
Montreal, August 13:
Novak Djokovic upset top-ranked Roger Federer 7-6 (2), 2-6, 7-6 (2) to win the Rogers Cup on Sunday.
It was third-seeded Djokovic’s fourth tournament win this year and his first win in five
career matches against Federer, whose 16-match Rogers Cup winning streak ended. The Swiss star won the Masters tournament in 2004 and 2006, and sat out in 2005 with a foot injury.
With wins over Andy Roddick and second-ranked Rafael Nadal in his previous
rounds, Djokovic also became the first player to beat the world’s top three players in the same tournament since Boris Becker defeated No 3 Michael Stich, No 1 Pete Sampras and No 2 Goran Ivanisevic in succession in 1994 in Stockholm.
Federer broke Djokovic to finish off the second set but the Serbian broke back to open the third. Federer rallied to tie it at 4. Djokovic took over in the tiebreaker, finishing off Federer with a drop shot followed by a lob.
Djokovic rose from No 83 into the top 20 last year and has continued to move up this season. He will return this week to the No 3 ranking, which he first took on July 9 but then surrendered to Roddick. Federer remains tied with Becker for ninth with 49 career tournament victories. Djokovic collected $400,000 for the win while Federer got $200,000.
Ivanovic lifts title
CARSON: Ana Ivanovic of Serbia hit 31 winners, including 23 off her powerful forehand, and beat Russia’s Nadia Petrova 7-5, 6-4 to win the East West Bank Classic on Sunday.
A year ago, Ivanovic was ranked 19th. On Monday, she is projected to rise one spot to a career-high fourth in the WTA Tour rankings. In between, the 19-year-old was runner-up at the French Open and a semi-finalist at Wimbledon this year.
Ivanovic closed out the one and a half hour match by serving a love game, punctuated by an ace into the outside corner of the service box. She was broken just once after saving four break points in her first service game of the match. She took the first set with a forehand winner that was out of Petrova’s reach. Ivanovic led 4-2 in the second set before Petrova’s forehand volley winner left the Russian trailing 5-4. Petrova hit 19 winners in the match, which were offset by 22 unforced errors.
Ivanovic dropped one set in five matches in Carson, against Serb rival Jelena Jankovic in the semi-finals. Petrova’s coach had advised the Russian to pull Ivanovic wide by hitting to her backhand, making it harder for the Serb to hit her forehand on the run. It didn’t work.
Petrova advanced to the final when top-seeded Maria Sharapova defaulted because of a lower left leg strain Saturday night. Petrova, ranked ninth in the world, hasn’t won a title since February.