While Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer take advantage of the summer to treat some injuries, the Serbian collects the titles and the trophies. And he is right to, as he just retained his title in Toronto.
Toronto, Novak Djokovic at a canter
Novak Djokovic has just won the twelfth Masters 1000 Series crown of his career. Let's be honest, he never looked in any trouble against a limited Richard Gasquet. For proof, just look at playing time: the Frenchman quickly dispatched in straight sets (6-3, 6-2) in 1h01. In a tournament suffering the absence of Nadal and Federer through forfeiture, then the injury-forfeit of Murray in the second round against Raonic, the Serb appeared as the only player in the Big Four able to succeed. Despite many personal problems, Djoko retained his title and definitively established himself as the best hard court player in the world.
Video: Nadal vs. the King of Spain
Still in recovery, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal is at his home in Majorca, chilling out until his body gets the rest it needs. To show his support, the King of Spain, Juan Carlos, invited him to a nice restaurant on the island. An invitation that couldn't be declined.
Fernando Verdasco is pushing himself with the forthcoming U.S. Open in sight. The Spaniard is putting in some fairly intensive training so as to be at his best on American soil. Except that the sartorial choices of the Iberian during his fitness training are frankly ridiculous. However, he's obviously enjoying it as he posted a picture on his Twitter earlier in the week.
“You know, it's just not when I finished the match and played the mixed (doubles).The last few days have just gone so quick. I've been not really sleeping much in the evening at all. Normally I sleep for nine, 10 hours a night. Maximum I've been sleeping recently is four hours a day. That suggests I'm still fairly excited about it. The tournament was the best tournament of my life. To win a gold medal in your home Olympics, not many people get a chance to do that. And to do it against Roger [Federer] on Wimbledon Centre Court made it even more special.”
Obviously, since his Olympic gold medal, Andy Murray's life has changed. The Scottish beanpole no longer sleeps. At this rate, the U.S. Open is going to be quite something...
The technology of the week
Babolat is a market leader for racquets. Recently, the famous brand has been trying to set up an "intelligent" racquet. Indeed, the latter should allow players to view the data collected by their work instrument. Sensors, embedded in the body of the racquet, will record all the data of the matches and transcribe it on a computer. Thus, players will be able to analyse how they hit the ball, the power, the speed, the impact point, etc. Convenient when you have to correct a weak shot. However, for improving a player’s psychology, nothing is planned yet.
Courier and Hingis in the spotlight
Jim Courier had everything: a beautiful cap, a style, the fair skin of a redhead and a devastating forehand; and Martina Hingis had just as much. Anyway, the two former leaders of the ATP and WTA were honoured at the Montreal tournament. The American and Swiss attended the inscription of their names in the Hall of Fame during a "Legends" evening held at Uniprix Stadium. At the time to go on stage, Courier felt a little excited: "Every player will tell you that they love the Montreal tournament. I've always dreamed of playing baseball so I always felt a special pleasure to play tennis in an old baseball stadium."
In the aftermath, the two new legends exchanged a few balls against another duo of stars: Michael Chang and Martina Navratilova. Almost nothing, isn't it.
The number: 75
The number of points between the world number one, Roger Federer and his runner up, Novak Djokovic. The Serb, who retained his title in Canada, came back to within 75 points (11,270) of the number one position held by Roger Federer (11,345). Nolé still has to defend points won from a final in Cincinnati and a title at the U.S. Open before overhauling the Swiss. This promises a thrilling end of season. At the edge of nonsense.
The LOL picture
Maria Kirilenko landed the Olympic bronze in doubles with her compatriot Nadia Petrova. Upon leaving London, the Russian sent a photo of her medal and her man. Some guy called Alexander Ovechkin, an ice hockey and NHL genius. Needless to say that the missing tooth of her boyfriend is not a Photoshop...
By Mathieu Faure