The Boodles - Day Two - Stoke Park

Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori to meet in final of Rogers Cup in Toronto

Novak Djokovic eased into the final of the Rogers Cup with a straight sets victory over Gael Monfils on Saturday night.

The world number one won 6-3 6-2 at Toronto’s Aviva Centre to set up a final against Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

Top seed Djokovic never looked back after double-faulting to gift 10th seed Monfils a break of serve in the third game of the match.

The Serbian’s response was instant and emphatic. He won the next four games to take control of the contest, clinching the opening set in 39 minutes.

Monfils did not fare any better in the second set, as Djokovic broke his French opponent in the first game and went on to wrap up the success in an hour and 13 minutes when he took his third match point.

Earlier, third seed Nishikori did well to bounce back from an early struggle to defeat second seed Stan Wawrinka 7-6 6-1.

The Japanese hopeful trailed 5-2 in the opening set before turning things around against f ormer French and Australian Open champion Wawrinka.

The Swiss second seed’s loss of form continued in the second set and Nishikori capitalised to build a convincing 5-0 lead which set him up for victory.

Nishikori told the ATP Tour’s website afterwards: “He was hitting very good serves and was very aggressive until the 5-3 game.

“I started returning better and he was missing a little bit. I think he had more chances to get the first set.

“After that, he started playing a little slower. I knew I had to step it up, otherwise he’s going to come back. I’m just happy to win.”

The 26-year-old will bid to put recent struggles against Djokovic behind him on Sunday when the pair return to the action on Centre Court.

Nishikori has faced the world number one in three Masters 1000 events this year and lost each time – the final of the Miami Open in April and the semi-finals of the Madrid Open and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia the following month.


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