Montreal | Nadal trounces Medvedev for his fifth
Rafa Nadal produced one of his best performances to demolish the in-form players of recent weeks, Daniil Medvedev and extend his tally of Master 1000 events to 35
I played a solid match, my best of the week so far without a doubt, Rafa Nadal
His 6-3 6-0 demolition of last week’s beaten Washington finalist, the 23-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev for his 5th Rogers Cup Masters title in Montreal, has pulled him clear at the top of the ‘Masters Won’ table by two ahead of Novak Djokovic’s 33.
It took Nadal, the defending champion, 70-minutes to secure his win for his tenth on a hard court, his 83rd overall and third of the season.
Having had a day off when his semi-final opponent Gael Monfils conceded a walk over with an ankle problem, Nadal was in no mood to allow his younger challenger to get a foothold in the final tound and as a consequence, produced the most one-sided final since 1984 when John McEnroe took out Vitas Gerulaitis 6-0 6-3!
The Mallorcan lost only 11 points on his first serve, fending off one break point in the first game of the match, the only time he was to come under any pressure.
In contrast the pressure applied on Medvedev proved too much for the Muscovite who was broken four times from eight chances offered to Nadal who struck 12 winners and made 13 unforced errors to the Russian’s ten winners and 22 errors.
“It was important to start the match in a good shape,” the 18-time Grand Slam champion said. “He came in playing so well, playing a lot of matches the last weeks.
“I played a solid match, my best of the week so far without a doubt,” Nadal continued. “I did a lot of things well: changing directions, changing rhythm during the point. The slice worked well this afternoon.
“I think I played smart; I had a good feeling on the ball.”
Medvedev, who had never played Nadal before, said: “I knew how it was going to be, I was kind of ready for it. But I didn’t manage to probably show my best tennis. Rafa was incredible today. Congrats to him.”
But he was pleased with his week’s performances, adding: “I believe this was the best week ever. My level during all the matches was extremely good.
“I would have liked to do better today, but it happens. I will take experience from this match and try to do better next time.”
Hours later Nadal said he would skip the Cincinnati Masters starting on Monday, where he was seeded second behind Djokovic and ahead of Roger Federer.
“No other reason than personally taking care of my body and trying to keep as healthy as I feel now,” he explained in a Facebook post.