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Ruthless Rafael Nadal Defends Hard Court Title For First Time In His Career At Rogers Cup

The king of clay has achieved another new milestone at the age of 33.

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Rafael Nadal (image via https://twitter.com/CoupeRogers)

Former world No.1 Rafael Nadal has defended his title at the Rogers Cup after downing an out of sorts Daniil Medvedev 6-3,6-0, in the final on Sunday.

 

The world No.2 overcame a tentative start to brush aside his error-stricken opponent with a clinical display. Winning 11 out of the last 13 games he played. Nadal’s performance saw him hit 12 winners, of which 10 were from the forehand side, as he won 82% of his first service points.

“For me it was important that at the beginning he(Medvedev) wasn’t taking advantage because finals are always a little bit more difficult for everyone.” Nadal said during his post-match interview.
“I’ve played a lot of these and I know they can be tricky against great players such as him .’
“I just tried to hold in my first game and then I think I played a very solid match. My best of the week so far without a doubt. “ He added.

18-time grand slam champion Nadal headed into the match as the overwhelming favourite given his resume. However, Medvedev is by no means a push over. The Russian claimed 38 wins on a hard court in 2018, which was more than any other player on the ATP Tour. He has also achieved 25 additions wins on the surface so far this year and is placed second behind Nadal in the list of most tournament victories in 2019.

At first it looked as if Nadal would be firmly tested with his opening service game lasting nine minutes. However, as the match progressed so did the intensity of the Spaniard’s shot-making. It was a single break midway during the opening set that enabled Nadal to clinch the lead. A Medvedev double fault gave him a break for 3-1 as he backed it up immediately with a love service game. Firmly in control of proceedings, the top seed sealed the 6-3 lead in just over 40 minutes. Doing so with the help of a forehand winner down the line.

Nadal continued to capitalize on the mistakes made by the world No.8. A lacklustre Medvedev service game at the start of the second set saw him hit another costly double fault, followed by a forehand slamming into the net on the next point. Handing Nadal his second break in the match. Rapidly gaining in momentum, the top seed raced towards the finish line without facing much resistance. Sealing victory on his first match point after a backhand shot from his opponent drifted beyond the baseline.

“You’re an amazing champion of our sport and it is an honour to play against you for the first time.” said Medvedev, who was contesting his first Masters 1000 final. “Of course I wanted another result, but you’re amazing and you had an amazing tournament. Congrats to you.”

The victory hands the 33-year-old his 83rd ATP title, which is the fourth highest tally in the history of men’s tennis. Including a record 35 Masters trophies. It is also the first time in his career has managed to successfully defend a title on a hard court. Although Nadal played down the significance of that milestone.

“Honestly, it is nothing special.” He said. “The most important thing is to win the title again.’
“It is so important to be back on hard court and win another big title again.”

Nadal exits Montreal with 1000 ATP ranking points and $1,049,040 in prize money. On Monday he will rise to top spot in the Race to London.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Lorenzo Sonego to advance to the second round in Antwerp

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga broke once in each set in his 6-3 6-4 win in his 6-3 6-4 win over Lorenzo Sonego after 1 hour and 20 minutes improving his win-loss record over the Italian player to 2-0.

 

Tsonga got the first break at 15 in the fourth game and never looked back to win the opening set 6-3 after 31 minutes.

Sonego earned his only break in the fourth game of the second set, but Tsonga saved it before earning the decisive break. The Frenchman held on his service games to take the second set 6-4.

Tsonga will face either Gilles Simon or Steve Darcis in the second round.

Guido Pella fought back from one set down to beat Peter Gojowczyk 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-2) setting up a second round match against either Richard Gasquet or Soonwoon Kwon from South Korean Soonwoo Kwon.

Tipsarevic beats Moutet in Stockolm

 Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic broke serve four times in his 6-2 6-4 win over Corentin Moutet in 73 minutes. Tipsarevic, who will retire at the end of the season, will take on top seed Fabio Fognini. Tipsarevic went up a 3-0 lead with a double break. Moutet pulled back a break in the fourth game, but Tipsarevic broke for the third game to clinch the first set 6-2. Tipsarevic converted his third break point chance in the seventh game and held his final two service games to win the second set 6-4.

Great Britain’s Daniel Evans battled past Bernard Tomic 6-4 1-6 6-3 setting up a second round match against either Casper Ruud or Filip Krajinovic.

Italy’s Stefano Travaglia stunned US giant Reilly Opelka 7-5 4-6 6-4 securing his spot in the second round, where he will face either Yuichi Sugita from Japan or Elias Yimer from Sweden. Opelka had to save a break point in the first game with five aces. Both players went on serve until the 11th game when Travaglia got the break before serving out for the set at love. Travaglia saved a break point at 4-5 15-40 but Opelka converted his second chance to seal the second set 6-4. Travaglia got the decisive break in the ninth game and sealed the win on his first match point.

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Andreas Seppi fends off two match points to beat Christian Garin in Moscow

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Italian veteran Andreas Seppi came back from one set down to beat Chile’s Christian Garin 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4) in 2 hours and 45 minutes at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

 

Garin broke serve twice in the second and ninth games to win the opening set 6-3.  Seppi converted his second break point chance in the first game of the second set, but he wasted two break points at 5-4 and dropped his serve. Seppi saved two match points in the 12th game at 5-6 15-40 in the second set before winning the tie-break 7-2.

Garin broke serve in the fifth game to open up a 4-2 lead. Seppi broke straight back to draw level to 4-4, but he did not convert four match points at 6-5. Seppi won five of the final six points in the tie-break of the third set to close out the match.

Czech qualifier Lukas Rosol fended off two match points to beat Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (9-7) 6-3. Rosol came back from 4-6 in the tie-break of the second set by winning five of the next six points. The Czech player broke serve in the eighth game to win the third set 6-3.

Adrian Mannarino edged past Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 to improve his record in their head-to-head matches to 3-1. Dzumhur got the first break of the match in the opening game. Mannarino broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Dzumhur broke serve for the second time to take a 4-3 lead. Mannarino pulled the break back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5 before winning the tie-break 7-2. The Frenchman cruised through to a 6-0 win in the third set with three consecutive breaks.

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Daniil Medvedev Dismantles Zverev To Win Shanghai Masters

It was another clinical performance from one of the sports rising stars.

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World No.4 Daniil Medvedev has continued his unbeaten streak since the US Open after disposing of Germany’s Alexander Zverev in straight sets to win the Shanghai Masters.

 

The 23-year-old, who hasn’t lost a set in his past nine matches, brushed aside his hot and cold opponent 6-4, 6-1, to add to his rapidly rising trophy tally. Medvedev has now won three out of the last four ATP tournaments he has played in. Including two at Masters level. In his latest conquest, he hit 19 winners to 14 unforced errors and saved four out of the five break points he faced.

“This win is also amazing because I think Shanghai is one of the most prestigious Masters events on the tour.” Medvedev told TennisTV. “Especially over the last 10 years with only three players managing to win this.”
“It’s really special to have my photo out in the corridor for many years.” He added.

The clash in Shanghai was somewhat of an historic occasion. For the first time since 2009 two finalists of a Masters 1000 event are under the age of 24. Medvedev was contesting his sixth consecutive final in what has been a sensational second half of the year for him. Meanwhile, Zverev was bidding to win his biggest title since his triumph at the ATP Finals almost 12 months ago.

Billed as a meeting between two players who could take over the reign when the Big Three retire from the sport, it was Russia’s Medvedev who got off to a better start. Breaking the Zverev serve immediately with the help of a backhand drop shot as he eased to a 3-0 lead. However, Zverev managed to regain his focus with an elevation in his game to fight back and draw level at 3-3. Paving way for what was a tightly contested opener. Only a couple shots separated the two and they were a duo of costly errors from Zverev at the worst possible time. Serving at 4-5 30-30, back-to-back double faults from the fifth seed cost him the opening set. Moving Medvedev closer to his second Masters title.

The US Open finalist continued to weather the storm with the help of more errors from across the court. Two games into the second set, a seemingly straightforward Zverev service game collapsed as he lost five straight points after leading 40-0. Rewarding Medvedev another break in the match. Firmly in control of the final, he breezed towards the finish line with little difficulty as his rival grew more frustrated. Serving for the title, Medvedev clinched victory on his first match point with an ace down the line. Although he was rather blasé when it came to his celebration.

“I said that during the US Open, it was going to be my thing because everybody was talking about that they need new guys and something new. So I gave them something new. I don’t celebrate my wins. I just stay calm, do my job and done.” Explained Medvedev.

The world No.4 has now won 59 matches on the ATP Tour this season. Which is 11 more than his nearest opponent (Novak Djokovic has 48 wins). Eight out of his nine wins over top 10 players have taken place over the last six months. He has now overtaken Roger Federer into third place in the ATP Race to London.

“I said yesterday after my victory you’re probably the best player in the world right now. How you’re playing is unbelievable and I wish you nothing but the best.” Zverev said to Medvedev during the trophy ceremony.

Sunday’s win is Medvedev’s first over Zverev after losing to him on four previous occasions. He exits Shanghai with 1000 ranking points and $1,374,995 in prize money.

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