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Tale of the tape: Novak Djokovic vs. Kei Nishikori – 2016 Rogers Cup final

Jul 31, 2016
written by: Tennis Canada
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The 2016 Rogers Cup final sees World No.1 Novak Djokovic take on Kei Nishikori of Japan in their fifth meeting of the season.

Djokovic hasn’t always been at his best this week in Toronto, but played closest to his usual standard in his 6-3, 6-2 win over Gael Monfils in the semifinals. Despite saving set points against Tomas Berdych in their quarterfinal encounter, the top-ranked Serb has yet to drop a set. Nishikori was taken to three sets by former Top 10 player Grigor Dimitrov and saved multiple set points against Stan Wawrinka in the previous round, but has managed to find solutions when his back has been against the wall.

The last time these two met, it went to a dramatic third set tiebreak where Djokovic emerged victorious. Will today’s final play out in similar fashion? Can Nishikori get the win?

Djokovic (SRB) Nishikori (JPN)
May 22, 1987
(29 years old)
Birthdate December 29, 1989
(26 years old)
6’2” Height 5’10”
Right-handed Plays Right-handed
No. 1 Ranking No. 6
No. 1 (July 4, 2011) Career-High Ranking No. 4 (March 2, 2015)
46-4 2016 Record 36-11
Six titles: Doha, Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Roland Garros 2016 Results So Far Miami final, Barcelona final, Madrid & Rome semifinals; Memphis champion, Australian Open quarter-final
11 titles, including Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, and ATP World Tour Finals Best 2015 Results Washington & Barcelona champion, Australian Open & French Open semifinals; Madrid & Montreal semifinals
Champion (2007, 2011, 2012) Best Rogers Cup Result Semifinals (2015)
12-time Grand Slam champion: Australian Open (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), Roland Garros (2016), Wimbledon (2011, 2014, 2015), US Open (2011, 2015) Notable Career Results 2014 US Open final; three-time Australian Open quarter-finalist, 2015 French Open quarter-finals; 11 ATP titles

Djokovic leads the head-to-head 9-2 played between 2011 and 2016. Although Nishikori is currently on an eight match losing streak against Djokovic, he was the winner of two of their first three matches, including the US Open 2014 semifinal.

Last meeting: 2016 Rome semifinals – Djokovic d. Nishikori 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5)
First meeting: 2010 French Open second round – Djokovic d. Nishikori 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
Last Nishikori win: 2014 US Open semifinal – Nishikori d. Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3