Rafael Nadal won his first ATP title on hard court at the Canada Masters in Montreal in 2005 at the age of 19. Fourteen years later, Nadal returned to Montreal in 2019 and secured his fifth Canada Open trophy, defending the title he had won in Toronto 12 months earlier.
In the title fight, the Spaniard defeated an in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 in 70 minutes for his 35th Masters 1000 crown and 83rd overall. Medvedev has been a player to beat for the past two weeks, performing at a very high level in Washington and Montreal.
He reached two finals and lost them to Nick Kyrgios and Nadal in his first Masters 1000 title fight. Rafa had a day off on Saturday and entered the pitch determined to do his best against dangerous rivals and clinch their first title since Roland Garros.
The Spaniard did everything right on court, leaving Daniil far behind in the most one-sided final at the event since 1984! Serving at 72%, Nadal dropped just 11 points behind the initial shot, repelling a break point in the first game of the encounter and never struggling again.
The pressure was on Daniil and he couldn’t handle it. The Russian lost half of the points in his games and was broken four times from eight chances offered to Nadal. Medvedev snatched half of the return leg ahead of the title clash and failed to repeat that against Rafa and offer the crown a more exciting match.
The Spaniard had 12 winners and 13 unforced errors. In comparison, the Russian had ten winners and 22 penalties, missing equally on both wings.
Rafael Nadal beat Daniil Medvedev en route to their fifth Canada Open title in 2019.
They stayed close on the fastest points up to four strokes.
Rafa had the upper hand in the longest exchanges, taking 30 from 40 to control the pace and bring the win home easily. Nadal fended off that lone break chance in the first game of the encounter with a service winner and closed it when Daniil made a backhand error.
Medvedev held with an ace in the second game before ruining all those games two games later when he hit a double fault to put Rafa 3-1 ahead. Nadal confirmed the lead with a hold after a service winner, missing a break chance at 4-1 that could have pushed him further up.
A forehand down-the-line winner sent Nadal 5-2 ahead. He held at 30 after landing a perfect forehand down the line to end the set in 40 minutes. Daniil hit a forehand in the first game of the second set, falling back and making another mistake in the second game to push Nadal further in front.
The Russian blasted a backhand wide in game three to earn another break, falling 4-0 down after a terrible forehand. The Spaniard opened a 5-0 gap after a forced error from his opponent at the net. He rode over the top with a hold 15 minutes later to celebrate the 35th Masters 1000 crown.