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Rafael Nadal crushes Daniil Medvedev to secure fifth Rogers Cup title

first_imgMedvedev, the 23-year-old eighth seed from Russia, had enjoyed a terrific week and his victories included topping Austrian world No. 4 Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals.However, in his first meeting with Nadal he was put firmly in his place by the Spaniard, whose domination of the second set showed what a trophy threat he is sure to be at the upcoming U.S. Open. Related News Rafael Nadal landed his fifth Rogers Cup title with a thumping victory against Daniil Medvedev in the Montreal final.Defending champion Nadal was always in charge and the 18-time grand slam champion completed a 6-3, 6-0 win in one hour and 10 minutes. Nadal improved his all-time record for the most Masters 1000 titles to 35 ⁠— now two ahead of closest rival Novak Djokovic.It’s 35 #ATPMasters1000 titles for @[email protected] | @CoupeRogers pic.twitter.com/lsYjqETQXm— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) August 11, 2019He clinched the first set with a ferocious forehand pass, and wrapped up the title when his opponent hoisted a backhand over the baseline.For Nadal it was a third title of the year, after two on clay including the French Open, and the 33-year-old said on ATP Tennis TV: “It’s so important to be back on hard court and win again, another big title. That’s confidence for what’s going on.”Today’s just about enjoying this title, this Masters 1000. It’s so important — it’s not a tournament you are able to win every day.”Medvedev also lost a title match in the Washington Open a week earlier, when he was beaten by Nick Kyrgios, but this was his first Masters 1000 final, a significant step forward in his career. Serena Williams hopeful over back injury after Rogers Cup retirementcenter_img Andy Murray feeling ‘zero pain’ ahead of singles return in Cincinnati Addressing Nadal at the trophy presentation, Medvedev said: “You’re an amazing champion of our sport and it’s an honor for me to first play against you.”Of course I wanted another result but you’re amazing, you played an amazing tournament and congrats to you.”last_img read more