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Djokovic heads to Olympics in winning form

AAP logoAAP 31/07/2016

Novak Djokovic sealed his winning return to tennis a month after an early Wimbledon exit as he beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 7-5 on Sunday at the Toronto Masters.

The world No.1 claimed a fourth Canadian title with a victory in just under 90 minutes.

Djokovic extended his lead among the list of ATP Masters 1000 winners as he earned his 30th honour in the elite series. Rafael Nadal stands second with 28.

Djokovic claimed a seventh title of the season as he repeated his defeat of Japan's Nishikori from the Miami final in April. He leads the series with the top Asian 10-2.

The convincing Djokovic win followed up Saturday's dispatch of Gael Monfils as the Serb lifted his level at the business end of the week.

"That's what I had to do, realise my performance," Djokovic said.

"At the start of the week I was not feeling that comfortable on the court.

"But I made progress and gained in confidence at the right time."

Djokovic has a solid first-serve percentage of 80 per cent and said he was proud that he was able to use his delivery to get out of trouble as Nishikori made a late-match charge.

"I'm glad I had that weapon today," Djokovic said.

"Kei is one of the best returners on the circuit and a very fast guy - I had to serve well to win." He now heads to Rio to compete for Serbia.

"It's gonna be a great honour and pleasure to be part of such a renowned and recognised sporting event," he said.

"The Olympics are really special. I will give my best to fight for a medal."

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