In 2011, Novak Djokovic participated in his fifth Rogers Cup—his third in Montreal. Playing at the top of his game, he seized the opportunity to take home his second title on Canadian soil.
The previous year, with the Top 4 players competing in the semi-finals, he fell to Roger Federer. But in 2011, in search of a second crown here in Montreal, the Serb seemed invincible.
Djokovic got his season off to a roaring start, claiming seven back-to-back titles before suffering his first defeat of the year at the hands of Roger Federer in the semi-finals at Roland-Garros. Just a few weeks later, he bounced back and triumphed at Wimbledon. He arrived in Montreal with eight new titles—including two Grand Slams—and only one loss.
His dominance was obvious from the start, as he completely overpowered Nikolay Davydenko, Marin Cilic, Gaël Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He sauntered into the final without having dropped a single set.
The ultimate showdown against Mardy Fish proved tough but, true to form, “Nole” found a way to elevate his game. He secured a three-set win by the score of 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and added a ninth piece of hardware to his 2011 haul.
Fish had had a good start to the hard court season, winning the title in Atlanta and making an appearance in the final in Los Angeles.
Djokovic has since added two more Rogers Cup crowns to his trophy case: 2012 and 2016 in Toronto. Only Ivan Lendl has done better: he holds six Canadian Masters 1000 titles. Will Djokovic close in on the record this year?