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Nadal vs. Raonic: Score, Highlights for Rogers Cup 2013 Men's Final

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 10:  Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his win over Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the semifinals of the Rogers Cup at Uniprix Stadium on August 10, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Carol SchramFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2013

No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal made short work of hometown favorite Milos Raonic, taking just 68 minutes to capture the 2013 Rogers Cup men's title in Montreal.

After an intense semifinal match against Novak Djokovic that ran well past midnight on Saturday, Nadal expressed concern that he might not be able to bring his best to the final. But there were no signs of fatigue in his game, as he took Raonic apart with surgical precision.

As the first Canadian to make the final of this tournament since 1958, the partisan-but-polite crowd was well behind Raonic. After a solid first service game, though, there wasn't much to cheer about. Nadal was in firm control of the match the rest of the way.

The win gives clay-court specialist Nadal an impressive 11-0 record on hard court surfaces this season, after winning the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells earlier in the year.

Though Nadal dominated the day, Milos Raonic leaves the tournament as Canada' first-ever men's player to be ranked in the world top ten—no small feat in itself.

Rafael Nadal wins the Rogers Cup championship over Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2.

 

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