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Djokovic’s record chase

Aug 16, 2015
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada
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This week, Novak Djokovic of Serbia is seeking to win a fifth Masters 1000 title in 2015 and trying to repeat the feat he accomplished in 2011.

And his chances of winning in Montréal are very good. On Saturday, he earned his ticket to the final with a two-set win over Jérémy Chardy of France (6-4, 6-4).

The world no.1 has been perfect this year and left every Masters 1000 he played in with the winner’s trophy. He doubled down to win the difficult Indian Wells-Miami combo before going on to Monte Carlo and Rome on clay. He chose to skip Madrid, which was conquered by Andy Murray.

A total of 41 Masters 1000 tournaments have been played since 2011, excluding the current Rogers Cup event. Djokovic has won 19 of those titles—twice as many as Rafael Nadal, who is his closest rival with nine.

Roger Federer of Switzerland has six, Andy Murray of Great Britain has four and David Ferrer of Spain, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland each have one.

Nadal holds the record for the highest number of Masters 1000 wins (27) but Djokovic is fast closing in with 24.

His last defeat dates back to 2014 when he fell to Roger Federer in the semifinals in Shanghai.

After the Rogers Cup, there are three more Masters on the ATP calendar: Cincinnati next week, Shanghai in October and Paris in November. In 2011, Djokovic won none of them.

If he leaves Montréal with the Rogers Cup, Djokovic will be writing a new page of history.