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Novak Djokovic beats Kei Nishikori for fourth Rogers Cup title

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 04:01 GMT, Aug 1, 2016 |
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Top-ranked Serb Novak Djokovic beat third-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 7-5 to clinch te Rogers Cup title on Sunday (31st July).

Novak Djokovic paused after accepting the Rogers Cup trophy for the fourth time, scanned the stands Sunday (31st July) at York University’s Aviva Centre and asked everyone in the crowd to hug the person beside them.

A small chuckle circulated the capacity crowd and then Djokovic said he would lead by example, turning to public announcer Ken Crosina and wrapping his arms around the emcee. Fans laughed and followed suit.

“It was a really wonderful moment,” Djokovic said. “I did feel that it was just the right moment for me to ask politely the crowd to do that, because in the end of the day, we are all here for the same thing. We are all here to connect through tennis, through passion for the sport.

“It’s nice that we got to sense and feel that kind of energy around the stadium.”