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Wednesday, 14 August 2013 11:26

Nadal wins the Rogers Cup

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Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic to win the Rogers Cup in Montreal and took the Spaniard to his eighth title win for 2013.

Nadal was merciless in the final, beating the Canadian in straight sets 6-2 6-2 and only taking 68 minutes to lay his hands on the trophy. The win would have been no surprise to sports betting punters, but what would have been telling is the way Rafael won the match. Milos Raonic is no push-over, being ranked 13th in the world and also having the home support to give him that added advantage. But it was not be his day, as Nadal completely dominate play with his serve and overall game play.

Nadal’s service game was just outstanding, and this was reflected in the fact that he only lost one point on serve in the first set. On the other hand, Raonic failed to keep his service game up, and it showed with a first serve percentage of only 50%. There were two breaks of serve for Nadal and that was enough to see him quickly through the first set. The second set was more or less the same as the first, with the Canadian already struggling to regain his composure after the early domination of Nadal.

The Canadian double faulted on break point early in the second set, and that spelt the end of any chance of him making a come back. Just to be sure, and like all champions, Nadal maintained the pressure throughout and was rewarded with another break of serve in game seven. It quickly led to the Spaniard claiming victory and getting back to winning ways after the early exit at Wimbledon earlier this year.

The fourth seed Nadal will be pleased to back on winning ways, and we are all very impressed in the manner of his victory. The player has most certainly recovered 100% from his knee injury, and has now won 48 of 51 matches since his return. The Canadian win is his 25th Masters title and there seems to be no stopping him. The real question is whether the player can get back to being world number one!