Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray bowed out in their opening matches in Montreal, and Roger Federer lasted just one round further, but Novak Djokovic doesn’t have an off switch at the moment. The men’s No. 1 collected his fifth Masters title of the season, all in a row, both records. He’s now an absurd 53-1 on the season. Let that record sink in for a moment. Djokovic did, however, get serious resistance in the three-set final from Mardy Fish. Fish continued his impressive summer, contesting his third-straight hard court final and reaching a career-high No. 7 ranking, highest among the American men. Or as they’re more commonly referred to by the top players: The Pigeon Coop.
Kendrick appeal gets moved up
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (yes, there is a court for everything) has agreed to rule on Robert Kendrick’s doping ban appeal before the U.S. Open. Kendrick tested positive for methylhexaneamine at the French Open and is seeking to have his year suspension reduced to three months, which would expire just prior to the U.S. Open, potentially one of the 31-year-old’s last chances to play in a major. Kendrick plans on using the dummy defense: he did ingest the banned substance, but it was to recover from jet lag, not improve performance. Kendrick has also received strong support from his fellow players who believe the punishment is too severe. According to an ITF spokesman: “You would not believe how many players want to see Kendrick across the net from them. Remarkable solidarity, really. It’s as though his mere presence on the court is somehow their victory.”
McEnroe injured in legends match
While chasing a ball against Michael Chang in an exhibition match in Toronto, John McEnroe collapsed in a heap of pain. The 52 year-old sustained an injury to his hamstring and remained prone on the court for several minutes before being assisted to the locker room. After treatment the hamstring was greatly inflamed, but McEnroe assured reporters it still didn’t compare to his ego.
Federer turns 30
The Grand Slam king’s fourth decade didn’t get off to the greatest start with his early exit in Montreal. Still, it’s a small blip in what has been an otherwise charmed existence. When asked if his unusual life makes it difficult for him to relate to the average guy turning 30, Federer replied, “Well let’s see: I’ve got the wife and kids, I feel like I’m always getting criticized at work, I’m starting to notice hair growth in odd places, I’m developing a strange fascination with televised golf, and my parents complain that I don’t visit enough. I’m really just your typical 30 year-old, only with legions of fans, corporate sponsorships, and a house in Dubai.”