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Djokovic beats Fish to win Rogers Cup



Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia outlasted American Mardy Fish in three sets Sunday to win the $2.43 million Rogers Cup.

The streaking Djokovic saved eight break points and earned a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Fish to capture his ninth title of the season and 27th of his career.

It took nearly 2 1/2 hours, but Djokovic extended his record to 55-1 in his last 56 matches -- including 53-1 this season -- and remained undefeated on hardcourts this season (29-0).

"I think I was more nervous than in the previous matches today," said Djokovic. "There was a lot of tension going on. It was a very close match. He wanted to win that match as much as I did. That's why we were quite intense.

"It was a mental fight, as well. It was not just physical. But I managed to hold my composure when I needed to."

Djokovic is the first player in history to win five ATP World Tour Masters titles in the same season. He and Fish are friend off the court.

"He told me that I should give him one of these tournaments sometime," Djokovic said. "But it was great playing him. I'm happy to see him doing well. I think he's experiencing the best time of his career in last two years."

Djokovic, who also titled in Montreal in 2007, earned $450,000 for winning the U.S. Open series event for a second time. Fish took home $224,000 for making his 20th career singles final.

Fish was seeking his second win of the season after successfully defending his title in Atlanta last month.

"I felt like I had an opportunity today, I really did," said Fish. "I had a lot of shots early in that first set on my racquet that I'd like to have back."

Djokovic also won the ATP World Tour Masters events in Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Rome. He improved to 7-0 lifetime against Fish.

08/14 20:24:36 ET

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