On a day that saw Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Juan Martin Del Potro get ousted, Novak Djokovic easily won his match this evening, defeating Australian Bernard Tomic in straight sets: 6-2 and 6-3.
While he looked shaky to begin the match, the Serbian powerhouse found his groove and ultimately breezed past Tomic. While he is currently Australia’s highest-ranked tennis player, Tomic just did not have what it took to beat Djokovic this evening. Then again, at just 19 years of age, he’ll have plenty of chances to truly compete with the best in the game.
With the victory, Djokovic advances to the third round of the Rogers Cup as, at just 25 years of age, he is already gunning for his third title, winning the event first in 2007 and again last year. There were an abundance of Serbian flags at Rexall Centre tonight showing support for their beloved son – and Djokovic did not disappoint, ending the singles portion for Wednesday on a positive one when other favourites fell short earlier in the day.
Following the match, Djokovic was in high spirits. When asked why he won and some of the other favourites lost today, the Serbian joked that he had a shorter flight to Toronto.
Nonetheless, Toronto has been very kind to Mr. Djokovic thus far as he hopes to continue his pursuit for the trifecta here at the Rogers Cup.
Up next for the #2 seed is San Francisco native Sam Querrey. It may be a mismatch on paper but if this year’s version of the tournament has taught us anything, it’s that the Rogers Cup offers no guarantees and Djokovic is much too intelligent to overlook the American.