Fourteen years after winning the first ATP title on hard court in Montreal, Rafael Nadal is the champion of the Canadian Open for the fifth time, toppling an in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 in 70 minutes! The defending champion went all the way to lift the 35th Masters 1000 crown, the tenth on the hard court and the 83rd overalll, becoming the fourth player in 2019 with three ATP crowns under his belt.
Medvedev has been the player to beat in the previous two weeks, playing on a very high level in Washington and here in Montreal, reaching two finals and losing both to Nick Kyrgios and Nadal in his first Masters 1000 final.
Having a day off on Saturday, Rafa stepped on the court determined to give his best against the dangerous rival and claim the first title since Roland Garros, doing everything right on the court and leaving Daniil far behind in the most one-sided final here since 1984!
Serving at 72%, Nadal lost only 11 points behind the initial shot, fending off one break point in the first game of the match and never experiencing troubles again. The pressure was on Daniil and he couldn’t deal with it, losing half of the points in his games and getting broken four times from eight chances offered to Nadal who had 12 winners and 13 unforced errors while the Russian counted to ten winners and 22 errors.
The Spaniard had a clear advantage in the mid-range and the most extended exchanges, beating Medvedev in the shortest rallies as well to earn the triumph fair and swuare. Nadal saved that break point in the first game of the match and broke in the fourth game after a double fault from Medvedev.
Rafa delivered three comfortable holds to claim the opener 6-3 after a beautiful forehand down the line winner in the ninth game. The youngster had nothing left in the tank in set number two, suffering three breaks and allowing Rafa to seal the deal after sending a backhand long in game six, serving a bagel and celebrating the fifth title in Canada.