To the disappointment of the home crowd at the fully-packed Montreal center court stadium Milos Raonic – who was playing his first ATP Masters final – never looked like he could upset amazing Rafael Nadal in their title clash at Coupe Rogers. The 22-year-old Canadian was unable to rely on his great serving abilities as he misplaced 50% of first serves, whilst he seized only seven return points over the course of the match.
The fourth seed Spaniard lost just one rally on his serve in the opener and broke helpless Raonic twice before sealing the set with a hold to love. The second set was almost identical as the eleventh-seeded domestic players dropped the initial service game after conceding two double faults and Rafa confirmed the break easily. The Canadian now raised his game a bit to come back from 0-30 in the follow-up game and prepare a triple break point next, yet his self-confident opponent rescued all of them and moved 3-1 ahead in the end – he scored two out of his four aces in that game. Raonic was soon made to pay for wasted chances as Nadal efficiently turned in his fourth break point of the day to go 5-1 up again. The favorite soon served for the championship and it was all over after Raonic sent his final shot of the tournament long. The 27-year-old Spaniard won 6-2, 6-2 in sixty-eight minutes to reclaim the Canadian Masters title after conquering the tournament in 2005 and 2008 and lift his milestone 25th ATP World Tour 1000 trophy, the fourth one this season.
“I did a lot of things well,” said Nadal. “My return was huge this afternoon. I returned a few first serves of his in important moments, decisive. Then I think he play with more mistakes than usual. That helped me.”
While Raonic failed to a steal a set off Nadal in any of their four meetings, he will be glad to be promoted to Top 10 of the ATP rankings.