Rogers Cup ATP Montreal And WTA Toronto: Serena Williams Wins Biggest Title Of Comeback; Novak Djokovic Wins Record Fifth Masters Title Of Year

Scores, news and updates from the US Open Series stops in Canada for the Rogers Cup, featuring the men of the ATP in Montreal and the women of the WTA in Toronto.

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Novak Djokovic Wins Record Fifth Masters/1000 Title Of Year With Win Over Mardy Fish In Rogers Cup Montreal Final

Novak Djokovic's absurdly good 2011 keeps getting better.

With his 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over Mardy Fish in the finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Djokovic improved his record on the year to 53-1.

Djokovic, who won his first Masters/1000 title in Montreal four years ago, got his strongest test since losing at the French Open to Roger Federer from Fish, but ultimately used his big match experience and incredible speed to undo the top-ranked American.

Djokovic did blink at the finish. With triple championship point at 40-0, some tight (though occasionally forced) errors brought Fish to deuce. But Djokovic got himself back to championship point one point later, and closed it out with an unreturnable serve.

With his run to the final (his fourth career appearance in a Masters/1000 final), Fish improves to No. 7 in the ATP rankings, his career high.

With 2011 titles in Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Rome, and now Montreal, Djokovic becomes the first ever player to record five Masters/1000 title in one year. Djokovic also becomes the first player to win five consecutive Masters/1000 titles.

He could make it six in Cincinnati next Sunday.

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Rogers Cup Scores And Results: Six Grand Slam Champions Fall In Third Round

Only one of men's tennis' vaunted top four (Novak Djokovic) remains in Montreal, and only one top 10 seed (Victoria Azarenka) remains in Toronto.

Here's a look at how the damage was done to those six Slam champions Thursday:

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)[13] def. Roger Federer (Switzerland)[3] 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1 -- Failing to get revenge for his shocking five-set loss at Wimbledon, Roger Federer was again blown off the court in the deciding stages of a match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga played exceptionally strong tennis in the third, reeling off five straight games to start the set before Federer finally was able to prevent the bagel in the sixth game.

Galina Voskoboeva (Kazakhstan)[Q] def. Maria Sharapova (Russia)[5] 6-3, 7-5 -- Galina Voskoboeva's stunning run from qualifying to quarterfinals became even more impressive Thursday, knocking off Maria Sharapova in straight sets for her second top 10 victory of the week (and her career). Voskoboeva next faces Victoria Azarenka, a player she should certainly be able to contend with if she plays as well as she has the rest of this week. As if her week wasn't good enough, Voskoboeva is also into the quarterfinals in the doubles draw. That Alina Jidkova is some coach.

Samantha Stosur (Australia)[10] def. Li Na (China)[6] 6-2, 6-4 -- After seeing her pre-tournament interview with the WTA, I was pretty sure Li Na was not long for this tournament. Weeks relaxing and reveling in China seem to have dulled her game considerably, and Sam Stosur's weapons are simply too large to overcome when not sharp. Hopefully her focus and hunger comes back by the US Open.

Andrea Petkovic (Germany)[11] def. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)[7] 6-1, 6-2 -- Just like French Open champion Li Na, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova spent her time between Wimbledon and Canada reveling in her home country. Her rust was wildly apparent in this match, which Petkovic dominated from start to finish. Kvitova was never a model of consistency, so her inability to immediately back up her Wimbledon title shouldn't be too surprising. She'll win a lot of matches in her career, and a lot of tournaments, but it's hard to see her ever becoming a consistent workhorse No. 1 like a Justine Henin was.

Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) def. Francesca Schiavone (Italy)[8] 6-3, 6-3 -- Schiavone looked lethargic and uncharacteristically disinterested in the match, and Safarova took advantage.  Safarova jumped ahead early in rallies, not giving Schiavone the time to build counterpunching rallies. The Czech lefty gets Serena Williams in the next round, a match she shouldn't figure to come close to winning.

Roberta Vinci (Italy) def. Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) 7-6(3), 6-2 -- While hardly a big upset in the rankings, still a disappointing loss for Ana Ivanovic, who should be a heavy favorite against a player like Vinci on hard courts. Vinci is having a career week, though, with this run to the quarterfinals and her first ever top five scalp against Caroline Wozniacki on Tuesday. Vinci will enter the top 20 for the first time in her career next week.

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Rogers Cup ATP Montreal: Ivan Dodig Blasts Through Rafael Nadal

No. 2 Rafael Nadal became the latest big name to crash out early at the Rogers Cup, falling to Croatian Ivan Dodig 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5).

Nadal joins Andy Murray, Caroline Wozniacki, and Kim Clijsters (due to injury) on the list of elite players who did not make it through their first match on hard courts since Wimbledon. This was Nadal's first match since losing the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings to Novak Djokovic.

Dodig controlled points from the net with incredible effectiveness, knocking away volley winners as a way of negating the high kick of Nadal's shots.

While previous first-match losses by Andy Murray and Caroline Wozniacki can be written off as products of their rust and inconsistency, Nadal really didn't play all that badly in this match. Dodig simply played above his level for the entire second and third sets, in the zone to a degree that I've rarely seen before.

Dodig is yet another example of a player who is playing his best tennis deep into his career. A 26-year-old journeyman who did not break the top 100 until late 2010, Dodig won his first ATP title in February of this year in Zagreb, and will move to a career high ranking (somewhere higher than No. 37) with his run in Montreal this week.

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Rogers Cup WTA Toronto: Defending Champion Caroline Wozniacki Upset By Roberta Vinci

A day after two-time defending champion Andy Murray was bounced from the men's tournament in Montreal, Caroline Wozniacki, the 2010 women's champion at the Rogers Cup, was taken out in straight sets in Toronto, losing 6-4, 7-5 to Robera Vinci in the second round. Wozniacki had received a bye in the first round.

It was her first match on outdoor hard courts since Miami, and also her first since retiring with a shoulder injury at a tournament in Bastad, Sweden with a right shoulder injury.

It's a bad loss for Wozniacki by any measure, but Roberta Vinci has quietly built up a very nice 2011, winning titles in Barcelona, 's-Hertogenbosch, and Budapest. Vinci faces Ana Ivanovic in the third round, after the streaky Serb beat Iveta Benesova in her second round match.

Especially with Kim Clijsters' recent injury woes, Wozniacki's hold on the No. 1 ranking should remain completely safe through until after the US Open regardless of Wozniacki's performance,, which will likely only cause the criticism of her hold on the ranking grow louder.

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Rogers Cup ATP Montreal: Andy Murray Blown Out By Kevin Anderson To Halt Title Defense

Two-time defending champion Andy Murray was bounced from the Rogers Cup with some haste by big-serving South African Kevin Anderson, falling 6-3, 6-1 in the second round in Montreal.

Anderson, one of the sport's larger towers at 6'8'', is more known for his powerful serve than any other part of his game. But Anderson made mincemeat of all parts of Murray's game, breaking the Brit's serve four times.

Murray, who won the tournament in Montreal in 2009 and Toronto in 2010, was the No. 4 seed at this year's tournament. Anderson is currently No. 35 in the ATP rankings.

Though they are normally his strongest tournaments, Andy Murray has had an awful time on North American hard courts this year. He previously lost in his first match at Indian Wells and Miami in the spring, losing in straight sets to Donald Young and Alex Bogomolov, Jr, respectively. Both Americans were ranked outside the top 100 at the time.

With losses early in Cincinnati and the US Open last year (as well as injuries to No. 5 Robin Soderling and No. 6 David Ferrer), Murray's place in the top four should remain safe for some time.

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