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Rafael Nadal crushes Medvedev to retain Montreal title

Montreal title
Winner Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev hold up their respective trophies during ceremonies at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal. (Source: AP)

Montreal, August 12: 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 number two 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 breakpoint 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 not take advantage,” Nadal said in courtside interview.
“Then I think I played a very solid, best match of the week without a doubt.”
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. (Agencies)