On Saturday afternoon at STADE IGA in Montréal, Novak Djokovic of Serbia qualified for the final of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank when he disposed of the surprising Jérémy Chardy of France in two sets (6-4, 6-4).
The world no.1 will be out to win the fourth Rogers Cup title of his career and fifth Masters 1000 crown of the season.
Djokovic, who had to save two match points against Gulbis in the quarters, needed only two breaks to liquidate Chardy in 79 minutes.
“I’m happy with my backcourt game and serve,” affirmed Djokovic. “Only one break in each set was enough and that’s what I was hoping for.”
The top seed gave away only ten points on his serve in the entire match. He was never broken or threatened. Chardy hit two double faults at the start of the match—a sign that things weren’t going to be easy. The Frenchman found his game but was weary after his week of tennis, during which he had to save nine match points just to stay alive.
“He played good tennis all week and I hope he’ll keep going,” said Djokovic.
For the man from Serbia, today’s win is his 30th consecutive triumph in Masters 1000 matches and his eleventh win in eleven duels versus Chardy.
“It’s not over yet,” said the three-time champion. “The most important match is always the final.”