Nadal Leads Medvedev In Montreal Final
Rafael Nadal is one set away from a record-extending 35th ATP Masters 1000 title. The Spaniard leads Daniil Medvedev 6-3 on Sunday at the Coupe Rogers, breaking the Russian in the fourth game when Medvedev double faulted.
The first-time finalist was matching Nadal from the baseline in the early going, teasing the crowd with gut-busting rallies of 24 shots and 32 shots in the opening game. But Nadal found his way to net more often as the set progressed (8/10), striking high and heavy forehands in windy conditions, and he benefitted from the slightest dip in level from Medvedev.
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The World No. 8 and Nadal are facing off for the first time in the final of the season’s sixth Masters 1000 tournament. Nadal, a four-time champion (2005, 2008, 2013, 2018), is looking to win his third tour-level title of the year and his first hard-court crown of the season.
Medvedev is going for his second ATP Tour title of the year and his fifth overall (4-4). If Medvedev can come back, he’d become the ninth player to win a maiden Masters 1000 title during the past 20 events in the series.