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Nadal beats Medvedev
for 35th Masters crown

 

Rafael Nadal completed a 6-3, 6-0 demolition of Russian Daniil Medvedev to win in Montreal on Sunday and extend his record haul of Masters 1000 titles.

The world number two secured his 35th Masters crown, pulling clear by two in that category from Novak Djokovic, who has won 33 of the elite tournaments.

Claycourt king Nadal successfully defended a hard court title for the first time in his career.

"It was important to start the match in a good shape," the 18-time Grand Slam winner said.

"He came in playing so well, playing a lot of matches the last weeks," Nadal added of Medvedev, who was runner-up to Nick Kyrgios in Washington last week."

Nadal, in contrast, had played just three hard court matches since starting his build up to the US Open this week -- reaching the final on a walkover when injured Gael Monfils pulled out of their scheduled semi-final.

With all that going for him, Nadal needed just 70 minutes to subdue Medvedev, breaking the Russian four times.

Hours later Nadal said he would skip the Cincinnati Masters where he was seeded second behind Djokovic and ahead of Roger Federer.

"No other reason than personally taking care of my body and trying to keep as healthy as I feel now," he said in a Facebook post.

The top seed, who now owns five Canadian title dating to 2005, swept the last seven games in the hardcourt blowout against his 23-year-old Russian opponent -- who had never played Nadal before.

Despite the lopsided defeat, Medvedev was pleased with his time in Toronto.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will make late summer hardcourt starts next week as the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters gets underway with all major names set to compete.

Along to give his resurfaced right hip a test after seven months of singles inactivity will be two-time champion Andy Murray, with the world number 325 entered on a wild card.

British three-time Grand Slam champion Murray's most recent singles match was a January first-round Australian Open loss, after which the Scotsman tearfully said his career might be over after playing and losing in severe hip pain.

He then underwent a successful hip surgery that has given his career a second chance at age 32.

Murray, a 2008 and 2011 Cincinnati champion, will open in the first round against France's Richard Gasquet, whom he leads 8-3 in their personal rivalry, taking their past three meetings dating to 2015 and 2016.*AFP

 

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