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Fish© Getty ImagesMardy Fish is chasing his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.

The No. 1-ranked player in the world is having a historic season on the ATP World Tour, but the No. 1 player in the US is hungry for his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title - can he break through on Sunday?

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is a near-perfect 52-1 on the season with eight ATP World Tour titles, but perhaps even more daunting as he goes into the final of the Rogers Cup are a pair of completely perfect stats - he is 26-0 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 matches this year (winning Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Rome and now in the finals here in Montreal) and 28-0 on hard courts this year (winning the Australian Open, Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami and now in the final here in Montreal).

Djokovic is 8-0 in ATP World Tour finals this year and 26-13 in his career. He is 4-0 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals this year and 9-6 in his career. Djokovic is also now 16-3 lifetime at this tournament, his best result being winning the title in 2007 (this is his second final here). He is trying to become the first player to win five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in a season (since 1990). Federer and Nadal both have won four in a year.

Having fallen in the first round in his two previous appearances here, World No. 8 and No. 6 seed Mardy Fish has had by far his best career showing at the Rogers Cup this year, making it all the way to the final. The 29-year-old American’s momentum had been building in the weeks leading up to this, having won his first title of the year at Atlanta and reaching another final at Los Angeles. He comes in having won 11 of 12 matches this summer and this is the first time in his career he’s playing in three straight ATP World Tour finals.
 
There is one thing missing on Fish’s tennis resume however - a title at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level.  All six of his career titles have been at the ATP World Tour 250 level, and he is 0-3 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals - Cincinnati in 2003 and last year, and Indian Wells in 2008. He also was a silver medalist at the Athens Olympics in 2004 (l. to Massu in five sets).  He did push all of those finals to a deciding set though.

Djokovic has beaten Fish in all six of their previous meetings. Fish has won a set in three of those meetings, but Djokovic has won their last two meetings pretty handily (63 64 61 in the fourth round of last year’s US Open and 63 61 in the semi-finals of Miami earlier this year).

Fish is 1-7 against reigning World No. 1s in his career, going 0-1 against Lleyton Hewitt, 1-4 against Roger Federer (he beat Federer in the 2008 Indian Wells semi-finals, 63 62) and 0-2 against Rafael Nadal.

WHAT’S AT STAKE
Winner   $450,000 and 1000 South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking points
Runner-up  $224,000 and   600 South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY
Djokovic  40th ATP World Tour final (26-13 in his career… 9-6 in ATP Masters 1000 finals)
Fish  20th ATP World Tour final (6-13 in his career…... 0-3 in ATP  Masters 1000 finals)

2011 ATP WORLD TOUR TITLE LEADERS – Djokovic leads the ATP World Tour with eight titles: 
                                       No.
1) Novak Djokovic              8
2) Robin Soderling             4
3) Nicolas Almagro             3
    Rafael Nadal                   3
5) del Potro, Ferrer, Simon  2

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FED EX HEAD 2 HEADS –

Court Central

(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (6) Mardy Fish (USA) Djokovic Leads 6-0
06 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Novak Djokovic 7-6(5) 6-4 3-6 7-6(3)
08 ATP Masters Series Indian Wells  Hard F Novak Djokovic 6-2 5-7 6-3
09 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R32 Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 6-4
10 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R64 Novak Djokovic 6-1 0-6 6-2
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 6-1
11 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-1

 

Djokovic

Fish

Age (Birthdate)

24 (May 22, 1987)

29 (December 9, 1981)

Residence

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Los Angeles, California

ATP Ranking (Career-High)

No. 1 (No. 1 – July 4, 2011)

No. 8 (No. 8 – July 4, 2011)

2011 W-L Record (on Hard)

52-1 (28-0)

33-15 (23-9)

2011 Finals W-L

8-0

1-1

Career Finals W-L

26-13

6-13

Last ATP Final/Last ATP Title

‘11 Wimbledon/’11 Wimbledon

’11 Los Angeles/’11 Atlanta

2011 Tie-Break W-L

6-5

12-10

Canada W-L (Best Result)

16-3 (Winner– 2007)

4-2 (Final -  2011)

Coach

Marian Vajda

David Nainkin


DJOKOVIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 24-year-old Serb has a 16-3 career mark and he’s rolled into the final for the second time (’07) without dropping his serve the last three matches…He opened on Wednesday with a 75 61 win over former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko…Fell behind 1-4 (two breaks) in first set and was broken three times in opening set (four overall) before rallying for the victory…On Thursday, saved three of three break points en route to 75 62 win over Marin Cilic and beat World No. 7 Gael Monfils 62 61 in quarters and No. 13 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 64 3-0 Ret. (arm injury)
• Leads tournament in return games won this week (50%, 16 of 32) and has held serve 31 of 35 games…Has hit only five aces in four matches (averaging 4.9 on season)
• Last year lost to Federer in semi-finals…He won the title in his debut appearance in 2007 (d. No. 3 Roddick in QF, No. 2 Nadal in SF and No. 1 Federer), becoming first player to beat Top 3 at same tournament since Becker at 1994 Stockholm, also first player ever to beat Federer and Nadal at same tournament while they were ranked No. 1 and No. 2)
• Also reached quarter-finals in 2008 (l. to Murray) and 2009 (l. to Roddick)

2011 Highlights:
W: Australian Open (d Murray); Dubai (d Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Nadal); Belgrade (d Lopez); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (d Nadal); Wimbledon (d Nadal); SF: Roland Garros (l Federer)

2011 in Review:
• The World No. 1 enters his ninth final with a 52-1 match record on the season (28-0 on hard, 17-1 on clay, 7-0 on grass)…He leads the ATP World Tour with a career-best eight titles… His match record is the best since John McEnroe left Canada with a 59-1 match record in 1984
• He is playing in his first tournament as World No. 1 and he took over the top spot on July 4 after capturing his first Wimbledon crown…This is the sixth straight week he’s No. 1
• Of the Belgrade native’s eight titles, four are ATP World tour Masters 1000 titles…He is 15-1 vs. Top 10 opponents, defeating rivals Nadal five times and Federer three times…His 15 Top 10 wins equals the  most he’s posted in a season (15-12 in 2009)…Last year went 4-8
• His only loss came to Federer in the semi-finals at Roland Garros in June, which snapped a 43-match winning streak going back to last year’s Davis Cup final (41 in 2011)
• He is trying to become the first player to win five ATP Masters 1000 titles in a season…He is one of three players (Federer, Nadal) since 1990 to earn four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in a year… All four of his Masters 1000 titles have come over Nadal (two on clay and hard courts) …He is the only player to defeat both Nadal and Federer three straight times in a season
• In May he won his hometown title in Belgrade (d. Lopez) in his clay court season debut
• His four other titles have come on hard courts against Top 10 opponents, winning his second Australian Open (d. No. 5 Murray), Dubai (d. No. 2 Federer) and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami (d. No. 1 Nadal in both)

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• Has a career mark of 131-39 and 9-6 in finals, winning titles in Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Rome (d. Nadal in each) this year…Madrid was sixth different title in his eighth different final (except Shanghai)
• In 2007, reached his first final in Indian Wells (l. to Nadal) and followed with his first title at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami (d. Canas)…Also won in Montreal in ‘07, defeating the Top 3 players in succession – No. 3 Roddick (QF), No. 2 Nadal (SF) and No. 1 Federer (F)
• In 2008, won titles in Indian Wells (d. Fish), Rome and runner-up in Cincinnati (l. to Murray) and in ’09, won in Paris (d. Monfils)

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS – Djokovic is attempting to capture his 10th career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and Fish his first. Here are the leaders (since 1990):
                        No. 
Rafael Nadal      19
Andre Agassi     17 
Roger Federer    17 
Pete Sampras     11 
Novak Djokovic   9 

FISH FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 29-year-old American is making his first final appearance in three attempts (4-2 mark) after defeating Feliciano Lopez 62 63, Ernests Gulbis 46 63 64, No.14 seed Stanislas Wawrinka 63 67(8) 60 and Janko Tipsarevic 63 64…He is No. 3 in return games won (19 of 45, 42%) and No. 5 in aces (26)
• The last American to reach the final here was Andre Agassi (l. to Nadal) in 2005 and last American winner was Andy Roddick in 2003 (d. Nalbandian)
• In his previous trips to Canada, lost in the 1st Rd to Younes El Aynaoui in 2003 and Nicolas Kiefer in ‘08

2011 Highlights:
W: Atlanta (d Isner); F: Los Angeles (l Gulbis); SF: Memphis (l Raonic); Delray Beach (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic); QF: Houston (l Nishikori); Wimbledon (l Nadal)

2011 in Review:
• The top American is appearing in his third straight ATP World Tour final this season (first time in his career)…This is his fourth career ATP Masters 1000 final (0-3), the first since Cincinnati last year (l .to Federer in three sets)
• He has won 11 of his past 12 matches during the ATP North American summer hard court circuit and
this is the first time in his career he’s reached three straight finals
• He enters with a 33-15 match record (23-9 on hard) on the year...On July 24, he defended his first ATP World Tour title in Atlanta, saving two match points at 6-4 in second set TB (vs. Isner)…Following week he reached the final in Los Angeles (l. to Gulbis 57 64 64)
• One month ago, he played in U.S.-Spain Davis Cup QF tie in Austin, Texas and lost opening match to Lopez 8-6 in fifth set and then to No. 6 Ferrer in four sets in reverse singles
• Prior to that, reached his first Wimbledon quarter-final (l. to Nadal)
• He broke into the Top 10 for the first time on Apr. 18 then slipped out for next three weeks before returning on May 16 (has been there since – 13 weeks)
• He also was a semi-finalist  in February in Memphis (l. to Raonic) and Delray Beach (l. to del Potro) and in Miami in April (l. to Djokovic)
• One of four Americans to win an ATP World Tour title this season, joining Andy Roddick (Memphis), Ryan Sweeting (Houston) and John Isner (Newport)

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• Has a 55-49 career mark and he is making his fourth career final showing…He was runner-up in Cincinnati in 2003 (l. to Roddick in third set tie-break) and last year (l. to Federer in three sets) along with Indian Wells in 2008 (l. to Djokovic)…This year was a semi-finalist in Miami (l. to Djokovic)

DOUBLES FINAL - BRYAN BROTHERS FACE LLODRA & ZIMONJIC FOR TITLE
• The Bryan brothers have already won six ATP World Tour doubles titles this year (Australian Open, Houston, Monte-Carlo, Madrid, Queen’s Club and Wimbledon); they are 6-2 in finals this year
• The Bryan brothers have won 73 ATP World Tour doubles titles together (73-40 in career finals)
• The Bryan brothers are playing this tournament for the 11th time (26-7 record in first 10 attempts); best results are three titles (2002, 2006, 2010); also runners-up in 2008 (l. to Nestor/Zimonjic in final)
Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic have captured one ATP World Tour doubles title this year (Washington DC); they are 1-2 in finals as a team, all this year (runners-up at Rotterdam and Madrid)
• Llodra is 19-18 in ATP World Tour doubles finals (incl. three Grand Slam titles)…
• Zimonjic is 40-27 in ATP World Tour doubles finals (incl. three Grand Slam titles)

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