Nadal Routs Raonic in Rogers Cup Final

by John on August 11, 2013

Rafa Serving

Rafael Nadal dealt a thorough beatdown to Canadian hopeful Milos Raonic in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal Sunday afternoon. Nadal, ranked No. 4, prevailed 6-2, 6-2 in just 68 minutes in a match that wasn’t even as close as the score might indicate. It was ruthless Rafa at his best. In Paris, where Nadal has won the French Open eight times, they call him “le bete sauvage.” In French-speaking Montreal they could say the same thing. Nadal improved to 48-3 on the year, while winning his eighth title since returning to the tour in February following a seven-month injury pause. Rafa also padded his record for wins in Masters series tournaments to 25 with his fourth this year. Raonic, No. 13 in the world, strode into Uniprix Stadium to begin the warmup to a standing ovation. The big-serving 22-year-old was looking to become the first Canadian to win the tournament since 1958. But it wasn’t to be. Nadal was too good. Raonic served to open the match, thumping back-to-back aces of 149 and 147 mph to hold easily. That, however, would be the Canadian’s high mark of the day. Nadal broke Raonic in his next two service games and held easily to to take the opener in 32 minutes. Rafa only lost one point on his serve in the entire set. It was more of the same in the second set. Nadal broke in the first and seventh games, and only once was threatened on his own serve. That was in the fourth game when the Spaniard trailed 0-40 but won the next five points. Raonic was able to win just six points on Nadal’s serve in the second set. “I played a great final,” Nadal said. “I did a lot of things well. My return was huge this afternoon. I returned a few serves of his in important moments, decisive. Then I think he play with more mistakes than usual. That helped me.” Nadal committed just seven unforced errors, while Raonic had 22. Raonic’s best weapon, his serve, was definitely off. The 6-foot-5 Canadian only got 50 percent of his first serves in, and had but four aces. “I was trying more to serve hard rather than hitting spots,” Raonic said. “I wasn’t getting the percentages I needed on my first serve. Obviously, [Nadal] was playing great. He wasn’t making many errors, if any. But at some points, I wasn’t making him play enough, or waiting for the right shot. I think I was rushing a lot in the first set and a half.” Nadal will move up to No. 3 in tomorrow’s new rankings, Raonic to No. 10.




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