It has been a tough year for Novak Djokovic. At this time last year he was being hailed as invincible, in the midst of an exceptional run rarely seen in professional sport - laying to waste anyone who stands in his way. While the tennis world toasted the emergence of a player to challenge the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the sceptics wondered whether it would indeed last. It did briefly at the start of the 2012 season, but Djokovic has had a largely forgettable summer which included a French Open final defeat at the hands of Nadal, a Wimbledon semi-final exit at the hands of Federer, and a disappointing London Olympics where he failed to get his hands on a medal, despite making the semi-finals once again.
However, the return to arguably his most conducive surface, hard courts, could well signal the re-emergence of Djokovic the champion and not just the contender. And, he marked that return with a second consecutive title triumph at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, romping to an easy 6-3, 6-2 win against Frenchman Richard Gasquet.