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Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beats Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4 to reach Montreal final

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MONTREAL — Top-ranked advanced to the Rogers Cup final, beating France's 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.

Djokovic will face second-seeded , a 6-3, 6-0 winner over fourth-seeded of Japan in the night semifinal.

"Andy is all-around player, very complete, and has been around for so many years," Djokovic said. "He knows how to play in the big stage, in the big matches."

Djokoic, the tournament champion in 2007, 2011 and 2012, has won 52 of 55 matches this year. The Serb is in position to tie the ATP Tour record for consecutive Masters 1000 event titles at five. He stretched his career record against Chardy to 10-0.

Djokovic is 19-8 against Murray, winning the last eight meetings with the Scot, including the Australian Open final this year.

With the win Saturday, Murray will pass for the No. 2 spot in the world in the next ranking.

"It's nice to be back (at No. 2)," said Murray, the Rogers Cup champion in 2009 and 2010. "It's not easy now playing against some the greatest players ever to play the game."

Djokovic had little trouble against Chardy after surviving two match points to beat qualifier in a three-set quarterfinal Friday.

"Every time I came in, I had a really tough volley to play," Chardy said. "I mean, I like to come at the net when I have easy volley, not a tough volley. And every return game I had no chance. So it was not so easy to try new stuff."

Djokovic also played in a doubles semifinal, teaming with fellow Serb in a 3-6, 6-1 (10-4) loss Canada's and France's of France. Top-ranked twins Mike and beat Austria's and Brazil's 6-7 (7), 6-4, 10-7 in the other semifinal.

PHOTO: Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, serves to Jeremy Chardy, of France, during the Rogers Cup semifinal tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 in Montreal.(Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, serves to Jeremy Chardy, of France, during the Rogers Cup semifinal tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 in Montreal.(Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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PHOTO: Andy Murray of Great Britain salutes the crowd following his match against Kei Nishikori of Japan during the semifinals at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Saturday Aug. 15, 2015 in Montreal.  (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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