Nadal crushes Medvedev to retain Rogers Cup

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the final. Reuters
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Top seed Rafael Nadal overwhelmed Russia's Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 to win his fifth Rogers Cup on Sunday in Montreal -- the first time he has retained a title outside of clay.

The 33-year-old Spanish world No. 2 dominated the eighth-seeded Medvedev in their first-ever meeting.

The Russian had not dropped a set in the tournament but was no match for Nadal, who saved a break point in his first game and confidently put away Medvedev who is 10 years his junior.

"He was playing very well during the whole week so for me it was important in the beginning that he did not take advantage," Nadal said in courtside interview.

"Then I think I played a very solid, best match of the week without a doubt."

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Rafael Nadal poses with the winner's cheque. Reuters

Nadal broke the Russian in the fourth game to go 3-1 up and dominated the remainder of the 70-minute match.

Winning 82 per cent of his first serve points and delivering high and heavy forehands on the windy afternoon that pushed back the at times confused looking Medvedev, the Spaniard broke the Russian three times in the second set before wrapping up the victory, a record 35th at the Masters 1000 level.

Nadal shrugged aside the importance of the stat that he had successfully defended a title outside clay for the first time.

"It is so important to be back on a hard court and winning another big title," he said.

The Spaniard's previous two victories this season, in the Italian and French Opens, both came on clay.

Medvedev reached the final by defeating compatriot Karen Khachanov 6-1, 7-6(6) to become the top-ranked Russian when new rankings come out on Monday.

But he made 22 errors in the championship match.

Nadal advanced to the showpiece contest on a walkover when his semifinal opponent, Frenchman Gael Monfils, withdrew with an ankle injury before their meeting.

Nadal, Andreescu opt out

Nadal, later, withdrew from this week's Cincinnati Open due to fatigue.

Cincinnati organisers also said Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu, who was crowned women's champion at the Rogers Cup after Serena Williams retired in the final with a back injury, had also withdrawn because of a change to her schedule.

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