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Montreal Final – Djokovic vs Fish

Result - Novak Djokovic beat Mardy Fish, 6-2 3-6 6-4 to win a record fifth Masters in a single year and further extend his lead over Nadal and Federer in the rankings.

Although in theory he had the tougher draw, it was Novak Djokovic who pulled through, again.

Today in Montreal he will play Mardy Fish for a seventh time – and threateningly for the American, Djokivic won all previous matches.

Still, Mardy Fish will look to take advantage of this dream run and claim an upset. But I pick Djokovic in straight sets.

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Montreal Final – Rogers Cup – Live  TV Streams (Free)

Novak Djokovic vs Mardy Fish, not before 3:00pm (7:00pm GMT)

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Nadal and Federer – The End of an Era?

At Montreal, Nadal went out in his first match and Federer in his second. Can anyone even remember that happening before?

I think that at the first Masters event of the North America tour most of us expected repeat semifinals featuring the top four of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray.

But just a few days in, and three of the four have been sent packing. Only Nole is still standing.

So with Federer yet to win a Major or Masters in 2011, and Djokovic almost unbeatable, can we pronounce the Nadal and Federer era definitively dead?

Well, in the sense of two players totally dominating a sport, as Roger and Rafa did from 2006-2010, probably, yes, that history making epoch has ended.

It’s been a great run, and in the future we will probably look back and be amazed how long it lasted rather than at how it inevitably faded to an end. We’ll treasure forever the great memories including the incredible Wimbledon, French and Australian Open finals and unique friendship in rivalry .

But in another sense, we can hope that the era still has some legs.

Federer has another Major or two in him, and although we will see more downs than we have been spoiled to experience in the past, there will still be the ups – to savour not just for rarity, but especially for the grit and skill that will be needed to beat younger upstarts.

And Nadal is far from a done force. Provided he can manage his calendar to limit the pounding on his body, we can expect to see a more dosified and focussed Rafa sharpening his game to face the new challenge that is Novak Djokovic. I think we can hope for a minimum of 4 or 5 more good years, highlighted by many great matches with the Serb, as well as a few scorchers still with Roger, Andy and some yet-to-be-discovered young talents.

So for now, I’m putting this Montreal disappointment behind me, and looking forward to see our champs rested and back in the game come Cincinnati and Flushing Meadows.

How about you?

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Montreal – Federer vs Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - Link to ATP Profile

Match over – Result – Tsonga beat Federer 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1 and so Fed joins Nadal and Murray as surprise early exits from the tournament.

Roger Federer has a 4-2 lead over the Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, but the most recent match was a loss in the Quarterfinals in Wimbledon, and Fed will be very motivated to push through to the next round.

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Montreal – Rogers Cup – Live  TV Streams (Free)

Roger Federer vs Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, not before 7:30pm (11:30pm GMT)

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Montreal – Federer vs Pospisil, Nadal vs Dodig

UPDATE – Results – Federer beat Pospisil 7-5, 6-3, but Nadal was upset by Dodig 1-6, 7-6, 7-6 and crashes out of the tournament

Roger Federer will be hoping to belatedly celebrate his 30th birthday by beating the 21 year old Canadian, Vasek Pospisil who he will play for the first time.

Rafael Nadal will play Ivan Dodig, ranked 41 in the world. The Croatian has been in good form lately, and is near his all time high ranking having reached the semifinals in Barcelona where he was beaten by Rafa in their only previous encounter.

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Montreal – Rogers Cup – Live  TV Streams (Free)

Roger Federer vs Vasek Pospisil, Wednesday, 12 midday local time (4pm GMT)
Rafael Nadal vs Ivan Dodig, Wednesday, not before 5:30pm (9:30pm GMT)

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Montreal – Nadal Doubles

UPDATE – Nadal and Lopez lost 3-6, 6-7

The Montreal main draw starts today, but as second and third seeds respectively, Nadal and Federer have a bye for the first round and so will have their first matches on Wednesday.

Rafa has decided again to get some extra time on the court by playing doubles, and will join his good friend Marc Lopez against Tomas Berdych and Florian Mayer today.

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Montreal – Rogers Cup – Live  TV Streams (Free)

Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez vs Tomas Berdych and Florian Mayer, Monday, fifth match of the day – probably after 6pm local time (10pm GMT)

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Rogers Cup Draw Montreal – Tough for Nole

Federer and Nadal must be secretly smiling as they see Novak Djokovic getting a very tough draw in Montreal

The draw is out, and if Nadal and Federer are to meet, it would be in the final – however a lot stands in their way. Here are their potential partners (based on seed/form):

Rafael Nadal:

2nd Round: Ivan Dodig
3rd Round: Fernando Verdasco
Quarterfinal: Tomas Berdych
Semifinal: Andy Murray
Final: Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer:

2nd Round: Juan Ignacio Chela
3rd Round: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Quarterfinal: Nicolas Almagro
Semifinal: Novak Djokovic
Final: Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic on the other hand faces a very tough run – he will probably have to overcome Nikolay Davydenko, Juan Martin del Potro, Gael Monfils, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal if he is to win the title. Wow!

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Rafa Twitters, off to North America, Federer turns 30

As Djokovic and Murray set the twitterspace alight, Nadal and Federer held back…

Until this week, when Rafa made his first post on twitter and within two days already has 169,000 followers! Will Fed be next?

Back to tennis – Nadal and Federer are both heading to Montreal to kick off the hard court season. Defending a semifinal and final respectively, they will both be keen to get some play under their belt and not let Djokovic escape further in the ATP ranking battle.

Nadal admitted that his preparation was not perfect, having only a week and a half of practice behind him after allowing time for his tendon injury to recover.

And finally, Happy Birthday to Roger Federer, who turned 30 on Monday. As he put it in a press conference,

“Birthdays happen. They’re part of life. I’m happy I’m getting older. I’d rather be 30 than 20, to be honest. To me it’s a nice time.”

And it sounds like he still has the passion to be at the top another year:

“The fire has always been there clearly. I’ve always enjoyed my matches with both guys, particularly the rivalry with Rafa has been very special. I have massive fire and power to play against those guys.”

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Montreal – Federer and Nadal both out, Rafa now world No. 3

Bad news for those of us hoping for a quick renewal of the rivalry between Nadal and Federer.

Roger Federer looked like he had but an easy cruise into the semis before Tsonga pulled off a miraculous recovery from 5-1 down in the third to take out the match, 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 7-6 (7/3).

Rafael Nadal was looking competitive in the first set against Del Potro, and one had the feeling that if the first set tie breaker had gone his way, this could have been a great match. But somehow, the gas seemed to run out and the second set was a straightforward affair for the Argentine. Rafa was sent packing – 7-6, 6-1.

Of the two, Roger’s loss was perhaps the more inexplicable as he had looked very good early on.

To make matters worse for the Mallorcan, Andy Murray’s win over Tsonga in the semi meant that the four year Federer/Nadal stranglehold over the one-two positions on the ATP rankings come to an end – and Nadal slips from the top two for the first time since July 2005.

Nadal and Federer have both now moved on to Cincinatti, and Nadal had this to say after his loss:

“It’s normal… After two months out of competition it’s tough to play at that level.”

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Montreal – Roger and Rafa both advance to 3rd round

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have both won their second round matches at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Federer played first, and although the match was tight, he won comfortably in the end, defeating local Canadian Frederic Niemeyer 7-6, 6-4. He’ll play fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the next round.

Nadal looked decidedly patchy against David Ferrer. He broke straight up thanks to a poor initial service game from Ferrer, but then struggled with erratic shots and uncharacteristic errors. He was up 4-3 in the first when some knees gave out – fortunately for Rafa’s it was not his this time – it was his fellow Spaniard instead who succumbed to pain in the joints.

Rafa (and us!) will have been disappointed not to get more match play – he sure looked like he needed time on the courts. But a win is a win, and he’ll be well rested to face Philipp Petzschner of Germany in the next round. 45th ranked Petzschner upset Tommy Robredo today and though on paper it will be an easy match for Rafa, he seems to be on a good streak of form, and the Mallorcan will surely not take anything for granted.

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Rafa back, downs Djokovic!

Well, it was not quite that simple, but the good news is that Rafa and his knees survived the first round doubles match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

He and his partner Francisco Roig successfully defeated Djokovic and Vemic of Serbia, 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the second round.