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August 12, 2007 04:51 PM
MONTREAL (TICKER) -- Novak Djokovic provided quite the encore on Sunday.

Djokovic stunned world No. 1 Roger Federer, 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 7-6 (7-2) in the final of the $2.45 million Rogers Cup.

For his efforts, the rising 20-year-old star claimed his sixth career title and fourth this season, as well as a check for $400,000.

"It's been an amazing week for me, an amazing tournament," Djokovic said. "Probably next to Miami, the best tournament of my career. I can say that this was an even bigger success because I managed to beat (the) top three players in the world in the last three rounds. I can't describe the feeling I have right now. It's like a dream come true."

Djokovic defeated world No. 3 Andy Roddick, No. 2 Rafael Nadal and Federer in the quarterfinals, semifinals and final, respectively, becoming the first player since Boris Becker at Stockholm in 1994 to defeat the top three players in the ATP rankings at the same tournament.

For his part, Becker defeated No. 3 Michael Stich in the quarterfinals, No. 1 Pete Sampras in the semifinals and No. 2 Goran Ivanisevic in the final.

Djokovic thwarted Federer's attempt for his 50th career singles title and snapped his 16-match winning streak in Canada. Federer, 26, won the 2004 and 2006 Rogers Cup in Toronto. He missed the 2005 tournament in Montreal - won by Nadal - because of a foot injury.

The victory was also the first for Djokovic against Federer, who had won all four previous meetings, including hardcourt victories this season at the Australian Open and Dubai.

"Like I've said, he's an up-and-coming youngster who is improving almost by the day," Federer said. "He's been able to back it up for basically a year now. If he keeps this up, he's going to create some chances at the Grand Slams because he's been to two semifinals already. This might be a breakthrough tournament for him."

Djokovic, who jumped from No. 83 to No. 16 in world rankings last year, is ranked No. 4 in the world.

It certainly wasn't easy, however, as the match lasted 2 hours, 13 minutes.

Djokovic outlasted Federer in the first set, despite being on the wrong end of the Swiss star's powerful serve. Federer recorded a 7-1 advantage in aces and served for the set leading, 40-0, but squandered six set points as Djokovic rallied to stun Federer.

Federer rebounded nicely in the second set, preserving his serve in 16 of 20 chances for points.

Djokovic raced out to a 4-2 lead in the third set, but Federer battled back again, forcing the tiebreak.

The tiebreak, much like the previous one in the first set, saw Djokovic race to the early lead and, ultimately, the championship.

"Especially against Federer in the final, to win those tiebreaks was incredible," Djokovic said. "I managed to win these tiebreaks against a player who probably has the best record in tiebreaks, who is the strongest player mentally in the world right now."