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  • Novak Djokovic extinguishes the red-hot Gael Monfils to advance to Rogers Cup final

    Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game6 hrs ago

    TORONTO — In the last 24-hours or so, the question that had arisen among those following the latest happenings of tennis was: could anyone stop the charging freight train that is Gael Monfils?

    Turns out someone could — and it just happened to be the best player on the planet.

    Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Monfils 6-3, 6-2 in the Rogers Cup semifinal before a packed Centre Court on Saturday night at the Aviva Centre to advance to Sunday’s final where he’ll play third-seed Kei Nishikori.

    While the Frenchman hadn’t beaten Djokovic in his last 11 tries, he arrived for this semifinal riding a nine-match win streak, dating back to July 20. Ten days ago, Monfils beat Yen-Hsun Lu in straight sets in Washington. From there, he’d go on to win four more matches, save championship point against Ivo Karlovic and win the Citi Open title.

    Just five brief hours later, he boarded a plane to Toronto, and, after one day’s rest, began winning again.

    New city, same Monfils, it seemed.

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