Rafael Nadal delivers Rogers Cup lesson to Daniil Medvedev and wins 35th Masters title | Tennis | Sport


Nadal and Medvedev had never met before and the 18-time Grand Slam champion stamped his authority on the match early on as he consolidated a break to lead 4-1.

The top seed was dominant on his serve in blustery conditions and he sealed the first set with a brilliant forehand pass.

Nadal then broke a demoralised Medvedev to start the second set and again for a double break as Medvedev’s game unravelled.

Medvedev, who hadn’t dropped a set coming into the final, was broken for the third time in the set and Nadal served out the match with ease to win a 35th Masters 1000 title.


SECOND SET  (*denotes server)

*Nadal 6-3 6-0 Medvedev

Nadal volley winner, 15-0. Nadal forehand error, 15-15. Medvedev forehand long, 30-15. Big-hitting from Nadal results in the error from Medvedev. Two championship points.

Medvedev backhand long. GAME. SET. MATCH NADAL!

Nadal 6-3 5-0 Medvedev*

Yet another double fault by Medvedev, break point Nadal. The Russian replies with an ace. Deuce.

A 27 shot rally ends with Medvedev putting a backhand into the net, break point Nadal. Relief for Medvedev as Nadal goes long with his forehand return.

Nadal cross court backhand winner, third break point. And he gets through when Medvedev nets a volley.

*Nadal 6-3 4-0 Medvedev

Nadal holds to love. This has been a demolition job by the Spaniard.

Nadal 6-3 3-0 Medvedev*

A fourth Medvedev double fault, 30-all. Medvedev then tries a drop shot but Nadal gets to it and flicks a backhand past him. Break point.

And it’s a double break for Nadal as Medvedev makes another forehand error. Medvedev’s head is completely gone.

*Nadal 6-3 2-0 Medvedev

Nadal turns defence into attack and whips a vicious forehand up the line, 40-15. Then Medvedev puts a backhand long, allowing Nadal to consolidate the break.

Nadal 6-3 1-0 Medvedev*

Medvedev backhand wide, 30-all. A third double fault by Medvedev, break point. And he surrenders his serve when he nets a forehand. 

Nadal in complete control at the moment.


*Nadal 6-3 Medvedev

Medvedev nets a mid-court forehand, really poor shot, two set points for Nadal. Nadal double fault, 40-30.

Brilliant finish as Medvedev doesn’t do enough with a volley and he is passed by Nadal.

Nadal 5-3 Medvedev*

Big serving, quick-fire game from Medvedev. Now to attack Nadal’s serve.

*Nadal 5-2 Medvedev

Chance for Medvedev but he puts a backhand on the run long, 30-15. Big Nadal serve, 40-15.

And the top seed finishes off the game with a lovely forehand winner.

Nadal 4-2 Medvedev*

Vintage Nadal forehand winner as he steps into the court, 40-30. Medvedev then nets a forehand after great defence from Nadal. Deuce.

Nadal then hits a brilliant forehand on the run to create a break point. But Medvedev saves the point. And he holds onto his serve when Nadal’s forehand sails long.

*Nadal 4-1 Medvedev

Nadal in full control at the moment and holds to love. Medvedev struggling in the blustery conditions.

Nadal 3-1 Medvedev*

An opening for Nadal as Medvedev nets a backhand, 15-30. Nadal then punishes a heavy-handed Medvedev drop shot. Two break points.

Medvedev saves the first but then double faults to hand Nadal the break.

*Nadal 2-1 Medvedev

Heavy wind to start the match and Nadal hits a wild forehand long, 30-15. But he responds with an aggressive point and finishes at the net, 40-15.

And he comes through when Medvedev nets a backhand on the stretch.

Nadal 1-1 Medvedev*

Impressive opening service game from Medvedev as he holds to 15.

*Nadal 1-0 Medvedev

A 24 shot rally to start the match and it ends with Nadal putting a backhand into the net. Serve and volley from Nadal but Medvedev picks him off with a forehand pass, 30-all.

The game goes to deuce as Nadal puts a forehand into the tramlines. Another brutal rally, this time 32 shots, and it ends with a Nadal backhand into the net. Break point Medvedev.

Nadal saves it after Medvedev nets a backhand return. And eventually comes through a testing nine-minute opening service game.

21:10: Nadal to serve first…

21:05: Nadal and Medvedev make the long walk onto court and receive a rapturous reception from the fans.

20:57: In the WTA event in Toronto, Bianca Andreescu beat Serena Williams after the American was forced to retire with a back injury. 


20:50: Victory for Nadal this evening would give him a 35th Masters 1000 crown, extending his all-time lead over Novak Djokovic.


20:30: After two rain-hit days in Montreal, the final between Nadal and Medvedev is set to get underway on schedule.

The doubles final has recently finished and Marcel Granollers & Horacio Zeballos beat Robin Haase & Wesley Koolhof 7-5 7-5.

20:15: Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Rogers Cup final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev.


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