Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Rafael Nadal cruises to Canadian Open title win against 'machine' Daniil Medvedev

Tennis: Nadal eyes second straight Canadian crown Rogers Cup: Nadal gets night off after Monfils withdraws from semifinal
Cary Erickson | 12 August, 2019, 06:23

Is hard." The former Canadian doubles player Daniil Nestor said: "I think that also has to do perhaps that it seems like the Canadians' best results have come in Montreal as opposed to Toronto from the singles standpoint.

"I was happy that I fought no matter what". I was unfortunate in March, a little bit again in July.

The rain delays had a domino effect on Saturday's schedule. The second set began in similar fashion, with Medvedev notching two more service breaks and clinching the victory with one final service hold. The match is scheduled from 3 pm local time (8 pm August 10 BST) and you can find the Daniil Medvedev v Karen Khachanov live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.

Medvedev, whose four titles have all been earned on hard courts since he turned pro in 2014, destroyed Kyle Edmund 6-3, 6-0 in his opening match of the tournament. So it was a big match. "We know each other pretty well".

Winning 82% of his first serve points and delivering high and heavy forehands on the windy afternoon that pushed back the at times confused looking Medvedev, the Spaniard broke the Russian three times in the second set before wrapping up the victory, a record 35th at the Masters 1000 level.

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"He didn't play his best, of course", Khachanov said.

"I was not playing bad", the top seed and No. 2 player in world said of the deficit. "It's different. There is some extra pressure". All week they've been telling me how lovely it was. "I would never expect to play against them, especially in the finals of a Masters 1000".

"I won't be intimidated".

The 33-year-old Spaniard shrugged and got on with the press conference - much the same way he dealt with an early scare that could have derailed his quest for a fifth Rogers Cup. He beat Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4 before notching an impressive, come-from-behind 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Fabio Fognini.

Born just over three months apart, the Moscow natives squared off in the semifinals of their hometown tournament in the players' only previous ATP Tour meeting last October, which Khachanov won 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3. "With all the travelling and short transition, two very tough matches yesterday and two days ago, I think the battery was empty today".