Rafa Nadal won his fifth title in Canada and it took him just 70 minutes to close out the final in Montreal. The world No.2 was in a steely frame of mind as he overwhelmed Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 who was playing his first career ATP Masters 1000 event. This is the first time he has won the title in back-to-back years having also claimed wins in 2005, 2008 and 2013. It is his third victory in Montreal.
“Every single place have a different atmosphere, different feeling. Every place is special by itself,” Nadal said. “But honestly here, I think they are very passionate about the sport. They are very passionate about tennis. I always felt when I have been playing here, have been always an unbelievable atmosphere out here, full crowd. That’s so important for our sport and for me personally. Go around the world and see when I am playing, see the court full, it’s a big personal satisfaction.
I always enjoyed the city. Is a great city. Is very European city. I am lucky that I have been here during the summer all the time because speaking with Jacque, my driver here since 2005, he always says that the winter is terrible. The city is beautiful. I always have fun to go out every evening for dinner and to walk around a little bit.”
The win allowed Nadal to extend his lead of Masters 1000’s to 35 (from 51finals which is a new record, one ahead of Roger Federer) and this is his 83rd career title, placing him second only to Federer for most titles won by an active player.
The first game of the match was a tough one and the Russian was solid as they engaged in some long rallies and that seemed to set the tone of what was to come.
“For me personally, was important to start the match in a good shape,” Nadal said. “He came to that match playing so well, playing a lot of matches the last weeks. For me, it was a different story. I only played three matches on hard before this one, playing against a newcomer like him was important for me in the beginning of the match.
“I think I played a good first game, too. Is true that he had some breakpoints. I played well. I saved that game. After that I think I played a solid match, my best match of the week without a doubt.
“I did a lot of things well: changing directions, changing rhythms during the point. The slice worked well this afternoon. I played some high balls, then changed down the line. I think I played smart. Of course, I played smart because I had a good feeling on the ball.”
This win was Nadal’s 41st for the year which leads the tour with Medvedev equal second on 38 with Federer.
While Daniil was totally outplayed this time, in his first Masters 1000 final, he is a tremendous player and moves to a career high ranking of eight. He was trying to be the third Russian after Andrei Chesnokov in 1991 and Marat Safin in 2000 to win in Canada.
“I think it’s one of two best tournaments I’ve played in my life,” Medvedev said. “One was basically of course Tokyo, the only ATP 500 I won at this moment. Of course, to be in the final of a Masters 1000, I mean, it’s an amazing achievement for me at this moment.
“Of course I always say this: if you don’t win the tournament, you are always disappointed. Even if you lose in a final of a Grand Slam, you will be disappointed (but) I’m happy to be in this final. I will try to do better next time.”
The doubles title was claimed by Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, they defeated Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof 7-5, 7-5.