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Top seed Novak Djokovic comfortably defeated Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2 to retain his title at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
The win gives the Serbian World No.2 a 31st ATP World Tour singles title, a 12th Masters 1000 shield and maintains his challenge to regain the top ranking from Roger Federer.
Djokovic began the final with three unforced errors to gift Gasquet three break points in the first game but the 14th seeded Frenchman was unable to capitalise.
Gasquet, who had beaten Tomas Berdych, Mardy Fish and John Isner to reach the final, stayed with the Serb until 3-3 when Djokovic upped his level to reel off 12 consecutive points. A second serve ace gave the 25 year-old the set after 32 minutes.
Djokovic broke in the first game of the second set courtesy of a Gasquet double fault. The Frenchman, a Bronze medallist in doubles from London 2012, got on the board in the third game and then held a break back point.
The top seeded Serbian forced Gasquet into error with a deep forehand to avert the danger and then built a double break lead by ending a 24 stroke rally with a forehand winner in the seventh game.
Djokovic served out to 15 when a Gasquet forehand return went long after 61 minutes of play to give the Serb his third title of 2012 and first since Miami in April. Read about Djokovic's victory in Miami here
Stat Attack – Djokovic
Stat Attack – Gasquet
Petra Kvitova defeated Li Na 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in an exciting final of the Rogers Cup in Montréal to win her first title of 2012.
In a closely fought battle between former Grand Slam champions it was Li who struck first with a break in the third game. The 2011 French Open winner then held a point to lead 4-1 which Kvitova saved with a backhand winner onto the line.
Last year’s Wimbledon champion broke back with a backhand winner in the sixth game and then moved ahead 5-3 when Li missed a forehand.
Serving for the set in the ninth game Kvitova netted a short forehand at 30-30 and was broken. Having held serve from love-30 at 4-5 Li held four break points in the eleventh game.
Kvitova hung on for 6-5 and converted her fourth set point in the following game to seal the opener after a hard fought 62 minutes.
Tenth seeded Li, who moves back into the top 10 this week after her performance in Canada, responded by rattling off the first 16 points of the second set to lead 4-0. She levelled the match four games later by forcing Kvitova into a backhand error.
Games went with serve in the decider until Li came under threat in game six. The 30 year-old saved two break points but mishit a forehand on the third as Kvitova moved into a 4-2 lead.
The Czech fifth seed struck a service winner on her first match point at 5-3 to seal her eighth WTA singles crown after two hours and 16 minutes of play.
Stat Attack – Kvitova
Stat Attack – Li
6 – Nadal
No.1 (8) Murray (Brisbane), Ferrer (Auckland, Buenos Aires), Djokovic (Australian Open, Dubai, Monte Carlo), Cilic (Zagreb), Nadal (Sao Paulo), Raonic (San Jose)No.2 (7) Gasquet (Doha), Tipsarevic (Chennai), Del Potro (Rotterdam), Nadal (Acapulco, Barcelona), Murray (Miami), Wawrinka (Oeiras)No.3 (3) Gasquet (Montpellier), Tsonga (Marseille), Haas (Munich)No.5 (5) Nishikori (Memphis), Nadal (Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome), Isner (Houston)Unseeded (4) Tomic (Sydney), Zeballos (Vina Del Mar), Robredo (Casablanca), Rosol (Bucharest)Qualifier (1) Gulbis (Delray Beach)
109 - Gulbis (Delray Beach)
25 – Nadal (Acapulco)
83 – Gulbis (Delray Beach)*inc qualifying
17 – Djokovic
36 – Nadal
338 - Nicolas Almagro
64 – Australian Open 4th round Djokovic bt Wawrinka 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7(5) 12-10
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on two occasions
5 – Tsonga bt Tomic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(10)(Marseille 2nd round)1 – Tsonga bt Berdych 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4(Marseille F, 1 mp 5-6 second set tie-break)1 - Murray bt Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(1)(Miami Final, 1mp 5-6 third set)
Tomic (Sydney) 20 years, 2 months and 22 days
Haas (Munich) 35 years, 1 month & 2 days
5 - S.Williams
No.1 (12) Li (Shenzhen), Radwanska (Auckland, Sydney), Azarenka (Australian Open, Doha), Jankovic (Bogata), Errani (Acapulco), S.Williams (Miami, Charleston, Madrid, Rome), Sharapova (Stuttgart)No.2 (3) Kirilenko (Pattaya City), Sharapova (Indian Wells), Vinci (Katowice)No.3 (2) S.Williams (Brisbane), Pavlyuchenkova (Oeiras)No.5 (1) Pavlyuchenkova (Monterrey)No.6 (2) Kvitova (Dubai), Schiavone (Marrakech)Unseeded (5) Vesnina (Hobart), Barthel (Paris Indoors), Erakovic (Memphis), Niculescu (Florianopolis), Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar)
127 – Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar)
14 – S.Williams (Rome)
50 – Sharapova (Stuttgart)
24 – S.Williams
227 - S.Williams
43 – Australian Open 1st round - Cornet bt Erakovic 7-5, 6-7(3), 10-8 Australian Open 1st round - Muguruza bt Rybarikova 4-6, 6-1, 14-12
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on nine occasions
1 – Erakovic bt Beck 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4(Memphis 1st round, 1 mp 5-6 second set tie-break)3 - Niculescu bt Medina Garrigues 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-1(Florianopolis 1st round, 3 mps 3-6 second set tie-break)
Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar) 20 yrs, 11 months & 11 days
Schiavone (Marrakech) 32 yrs, 10 months & 5 days
Statistics sourced with the help of the ATP and WTA.