After a historic 2011 season, the pressure on the men’s tour in 2012 was on Novak Djokovic, who had to prove himself once again and defend his record high. The Serbian couldn’t repeat those numbers, but his tennis was fine.
He has won six titles, surpassing Roger Federer as the year’s No. 1. One of the three crowns he defended was the Canadian Open, and he arrived in Toronto a week after a disappointing London Olympics.
Novak lost two tight matches against Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro in London to come up empty-handed. Djokovic quickly left the grass at Wimbledon to play at the top level in Canada, winning his third title at that event.
Pete Sampras made it 11 as he won his 12th Masters 1000 title with a 6-3 6-2 win over Richard Gaschett in the title match at the Serbs on August 12. The best to defend the masses and return to the throne.
Djokovic lost four matches against Bernard Tomic, Sam Currier, Tommy Haas and Janko Tipsarevic. He settled into a good rhythm and dropped the Frenchman in 62 minutes for his seventh win in eight meetings. Novak, who dominated the first and second serves, allowed eight points to slip in nine service games, saving four break opportunities and piling pressure on Richard, who was unable to handle it.
Gaschet won just five of the 17 seconds, and Novak had three saves to finish second in Canada for the second time in as many opportunities as Novak.
McEnroe defends Noel Djokovic
Former world No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe has again come forward to criticize the US government.
“Well, first of all, I think it’s BS,” McEnroe said. “I think he is the one who should be allowed to play. My personal opinion is that I have been vaccinated, I have had booster shots, and this is for the individual.
If I’m him and I’m not Novak Djokovic, you know, he’s won more majors than me and he’s dug his heels in and very few people in any sport have ever achieved that. It is this element that makes him great.
He sticks to his guns and has every right to make his decision. The man is one of the greatest athletes in any sport. He is very careful about anything he puts in his body so it is very upsetting to see him denied entry because he is not vaccinated this time.
It’s sad, but that’s the law we have in government now. I don’t agree with it, but that’s what it is at the moment,” McEnroe said.