Joker Takes 3rd Title of 2012; Kvitova, Li to Face off in Montreal
August 12, 2012 | 09:20 PM
TORONTO: Joker Repeats
His 6-3, 6-2 beating of Monsieur Gasquet gave Joker just his 3rd title of the year (his win last year was his 9th of 2011). By comparison this year, FED had 5 titles, Rafa 4 and Andy 2.
Na Li reached her 3rd final of the year with a 3 set win over Safarova, and Kvitova reached her first of the year with a 3 set win over Wozniacki, 7-5 in the 3rd.
Both finalists lost in the round of 16 last year, and so will add beaucoup in points, win or lose. A win for Li will take her to #9, getting her close enough for a run at #8 in Cincy.
FED has to like what he sees in the other half: Joker, Andy, Delpo, Murray and - if it matters, Roddick.
This leaves him #8 seed Monaco in his quarter with Fish and Kohlschreiber, #4 seed Ferrer and #5 seed Berdych in his half.
Murray is defending the title and Joker was the finalist last year, so one or the other loses points here if they both don't go out before the semis. Fed lost in the quarters last year; this year the highest seeded player between him and the quarters is #15 Kohlschreiber. Murray will have to beat Roddick to reach the quarters, Joker's challenge is Dolgopolov.
Cincinnati Singles Draws
Canada ATP, WTA, 8.12.12