Rafael Nadal has claimed his eighth ATP Tour title of the year…
The 27-year-old Spanish tennis star defeated Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday in the Rogers Cup final, spoiling Raonic’s bid to become the first Canadian winner in the event in 55 years.
Nadal claimed his third Rogers Cup title, having won the title in 2005 and 2008.
“To win here, I have to be playing my top level,” said Nadal. “Very happy the way that I played almost every match in this tournament. Is very important for me, this title. Just very happy for everything.”
Nadal, playing his first tournament since a first-round loss at Wimbledon in June, posted his 58th tournament title of his career. On Saturday night in the semifinals, Nadal beat two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2) to reach the final.
“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.”
By reaching the final, Nadal will move from fourth to third in the world rankings.
Nadal’s all-around game, particularly his superior passing shots and baseline play, proved too much for the power-hitting Raonic, who was only effective in games in which his booming serve was working.
On a windy afternoon, Nadal had two service breaks in the first set, including one after trailing 0-40, and broke again to open the second. At 2-1 in the second set, Raonic wasted three break points to let his best chance for a break slip away.
The Spaniard broke again for a 5-2 lead and served out the match.
Nadal is 4-0 against Raonic in his career.
Nadal stretched his record for wins in Masters series tournaments to 25 with his fourth this year. He is 48-3 and has reached the final of 10 out of 11 tournaments in 2013.