The Russian, Daniil Medvedev reached his first Masters 1000 final in Canada. In the Montreal Open 2019 finals, the 23-year-old faced the Masters title leader and Rogers Cup’s defending champion, Rafael Nadal.
The Spaniard World Number two, Rafael Nadal has finally defended a hard-court title in his flourishing career, with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Medvedev. With this win, Nadal has bagged his 35th Masters title and continues to be a leader in the ATP Masters 1000 titles realm.
A Full-House For The Spanish ‘Rey’
A tough opening game for Rafa, as Medvedev, faced a break point on Rafa’s serves. With elongated rallies in the first game, the top-seeded Spaniard made a wobbly hold. Playing a flawless game on his first serves, the World Number ten landed on 1-1 by dropping just a point.
Double-faulting on a crucial point, the Russian gifted Nadal a 3-1 lead in the opening set and later Rafa consolidated the set to 4-1.
Rafa giving a tough time
A dictating Rafael Nadal emerged after making an unbalanced start and Rafa continued to place his forehand winners.
With another forehand winner on the set point, Rafa moved a set closer to defend his first non-clay title.
One more to go… Vamos!
Medvedev’s survival in the final became tougher and tougher as Rafael Nadal led by a set and a break. And this year, Rafa has just lost one match out of 39 after pulling off the first set. It was Medvedev’s first set loss in Montreal’s tournament.
Erroneous tennis was exhibited by Medvedev and Rafael Nadal effortlessly led by 4-0 in the second set. Rafa had bright chances to take a 5-0 lead, but the Russian saved it with an ace. However, relentless hitting from Nadal forced his Russian opponent to make mistakes and with Rafa converting the break point the Spaniard advanced to serve of his Rogers Cup 2019 title with a 5-0 lead and later, he didn’t take much time to defend the first hard-court title of his career and bageled Medvedev while he pulled off the title.
Rafa’s Cup! Five-time champion!
Masters Title Number 35, Congratulations!
Rogers Cup Titles: Ivan Lendl – 6 and Rafael Nadal – 5