The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Back in 2007, Novak Djokovic had to go through Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to win his first Rogers Cup title. The 20-year-old Serb was world No. 3 and had never beaten Federer before, let alone in a final.
After following up a quarterfinal win over five-seed Andy Roddick, Djokovic dusted world No. 2 Nadal in the semis before taking on the defending champion, No. 1 Federer, in the Montreal final.
The Serb’s 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 win was his first over the Swiss champion and made Djokovic just the second player after Tomas Berdych to beat both Nadal and Federer when they were the top two players in the world.
It was a sign of things to come.
Djokovic would go on to win the Rogers Cup again in both 2010 and 2011, along with eight Grand Slam titles.
By the looks of things at Roland Garros, he might not be done yet…