Rogers Cup 2019: Rafael Nadal Wins Title vs. Daniil Medvedev in Straight Sets

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2019

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 09:  Rafael Nadal of Spain hits the ball against Fabio Fognini of Italy during day 8 of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on August 9, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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Rafael Nadal secured his third title of 2019 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Daniil Medvedev in the finals of the 2019 Rogers Cup.

After winning this event last year, it was the first time the Spanish star has defended a title not on clay. The win also gave Nadal his 35th career Masters 1000 championship, extending his ATP record.

Medvedev was seeking his first career Masters title, but the 23-year-old came up short Sunday on the hard court in Montreal.

Nadal was extremely accurate with his serve early and then found success defensively against Medvedev where few others have done all tournament:

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#Nadal breaks! Some wonderful hands at the net help the Spaniard to 15-40- #Medvedev bangs down an ace to erase the first break point, but then double faults to give up his serve. First blood Nadal! 3-1!

It was just his fourth time the Russian was broken this week in Montreal.

This was all that was needed for Nadal to secure a 6-3 opening-set win, featuring some incredible winners to end rallies:

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That Forehand Connection πŸ”₯ @RafaelNadal #CoupeRogers https://t.co/pUbnPWLYs5

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How good is THAT πŸ’ͺ First blood to Nadal in the #CoupeRogers final... πŸŽ₯: @TennisTV | @CoupeRogers | @RafaelNadal https://t.co/znASre9hwH

A strong start to the second set then set the tone for the rest of the match:

Jill Martin @ByJillMartin

This match between Nadal and Medvedev may already be over. Nadal leads 6-3, 1-0 with the early break.

Eric Engels @EricEngels

Daniil Medvedev has no answer for the game Rafael Nadal has brought to the court today. He's getting smoked.

The 33-year-old went on to earn two more breaks in the second set before finishing off the 6-0 bagel.

Nadal was nearly flawless with his serve, winning 76 percent of his points, including 82 percent of his first-serve points, per RogersCup.com. However, the difference came on the other end, where he won four of seven total return games in the final.

It was enough to end the match in just an hour and 10 minutes.

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The moment @RafaelNadal defeated Daniil Medvedev to win his FIFTH #CoupeRogers title! πŸ‘ https://t.co/rYAWQN2ri2

These two players had very different paths through this tournament, with Nadal only needing three wins to reach the finals. He escaped a three-set battle against Fabio Fognini in the semifinals before a walkover in the semifinals when Gael Monfils withdrew with an ankle injury.

Medvedev was much more impressive, earning four wins in straight sets, including top-10 victories over Karen Khachanov and Dominic Thiem. This led to plenty of confidence heading into his first head-to-head battle against the superstar.

"I believe if I am able to play like this, it's not going to be easy for Rafa," Medvedev said before the match, per Uche Amako of the Express. "It's going to be a big battle."

Unfortunately, he couldn't keep up with the superior player and will have to make some serious adjustments the next time they match up.

Both players will now turn their attention to the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.