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Novak Djokovic vs Florian Mayer: Rogers Cup Montreal First Round Preview

By Abhimanyu Nagpal    + Follow

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Novak Djokovic vs Florian Mayer: Rogers Cup Montreal First Round Preview
Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic kick starts his US Open Series campaign today as prepares to do battle with unorthodox German Florian Mayer in the first round of the Rogers Cup.

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has his game face on again, as he returns to one of his favorite hunting grounds – the ATP Canada Masters being contested here in Montreal. He is without doubt, one of the favorites to win the event, especially because he knows what is at stake. A 1000 ATP points at this time in the season is crucial for the Serbian, who will be aiming to end a third consecutive year at the top of the ATP Mountain.

What may be worrying for Novak is the fact that he hasn’t won a title since his thumping win over career-long rival Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters back in April. His clay court season was largely disappointing as he failed to get beyond the quarterfinals at both the Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome, while his Roland Garros campaign ended in a tough defeat to Rafa.

At Wimbledon then, Djokovic looked in great nick and played with a lot of focus up until the final, where he just couldn’t get going. It is perhaps for this reason alone that Djokovic will be at his most dangerous best, as he will be looking to bounce back from that disappointing performance at the SW19 and also end his title drought. The Serbian is almost like a cornered tiger at the moment which is why his rivals should be on high alert.

Across the court stands unorthodox German Florian Mayer, who is ranked at 50 in the world at the moment. What may give Mayer some confidence is the fact that his opponent hasn’t played a match for almost a month now, while he himself has been playing tennis rigorously since his early exit at Wimbledon.

Head to Head: Djokovic has a whitewash four match to nothing lead over his German counterpart, in fact Mayer is yet to win a set against the Serbian.

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