Djokovic Bids For 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Title Versus Nishikori
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic plays for his fourth Rogers Cup and record-extending 30th ATP Masters 1000 title against sixth-ranked Kei Nishikori on Sunday. The Serbian superstar has swept eight straight meetings with Nishikori, including a 6-3, 6-3 win in the ATP Masters 1000 Miami final. Djokovic has won 10 titles and reached 14 finals in his last 15 ATP Masters 1000 appearances, all of which have come during his run of 108 consecutive weeks atop the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Nishikori beat World No. 5 Stan Wawrinka to advance to the final, snapping a 16-match losing streak against Top 5 opponents that dated back to his win over Djokovic at the 2014 US Open. While Djokovic bids for his 30th ATP Masters 1000 crown, Nishikori seeks the biggest title of his career. He fell to Rafael Nadal in the 2014 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid final after leading 6-2, 4-2, finished runner-up to Marin Cilic at the 2014 US Open, and lost to Djokovic in Miami on April 3.
Six days before the start of the Rio Olympics, Brazilian medal hopes Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares will be opponents in the Rogers Cup doubles final. Melo and Ivan Dodig, the 2015 Roland Garros champions, will meet Soares and Jamie Murray, the reigning Australian Open champions. Soares has an 11-6 FedEx ATP Head 2 Head doubles record against his countryman Melo, including a win with Murray over Dodig and Melo in the ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo semi-finals.
Soares and ex-partner Alexander Peya defeated Dodig and Melo en route to the 2013 Rogers Cup title and again in the 2014 Rogers Cup final. As teammates, Melo and Soares are 10-2 in Davis Cup and 82-56 overall with four titles, highlighted by a 1-6, 6-4, 24-22 win over Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek to reach the quarter-finals at the 2012 London Olympics. But the Brazilians went 3-3 in ATP World Tour events this season at Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Washington.