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Nadal dominates Medvedev in Montreal for 35th Masters title

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during the mens singles final on day 10 of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on August 11, 2019 in Montreal.
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during the mens singles final on day 10 of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on August 11, 2019 in Montreal.

MONTREAL Monday: Rafael Nadal completed a 6-3, 6-0 demolition of Russian Daniil Medvedev to win in Montreal on Sunday and extend his record haul of Masters 1000 titles.

The world number two secured his 35th Masters crown, pulling clear by two in that category from Novak Djokovic, who has won 33 of the elite tournaments.

Claycourt king Nadal successfully defended a hard court title for the first time in his career. “It was important to start the match in a good shape,” the 18-time Grand Slam winner said.

“He came in playing so well, playing a lot of matches the last weeks,” Nadal added of Medvedev, who was runner-up to Nick Kyrgios in Washington last week.” Nadal, in contrast, had played just three hard court matches since starting his build up to the US Open this week -- reaching the final on a walkover when injured Gael Monfils pulled out of their scheduled semi-final.

“I played a solid match, my best of the week so far without a doubt,” Nadal said. “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.” With all that going for him, Nadal needed just 70 minutes to subdue Medvedev, breaking the Russian four times.

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. AFP


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