Rising Russian star Daniil Medvedev said he was expecting to have an extremely tough job against world No. 2 Rafael Nadal following his Montreal Masters final demolition. Nadal, who was the top seeded player in Montreal, saw off the 23-year-old eighth-seeded 6-3 6-0 to capture his 35th Masters 1000 title.
After failing to convert a break point in the opening game, Medvedev soon after lost his serve as Nadal made the most out of the lone first set break he earned in the fourth game. The Spaniard then cruised past the second set as he bageled the Russian to win the title in style.
I've played Roger (Federer) two times, Novak (Djokovic) four times," Medvedev said post-match, per the AFP. "I knew how it was going to be, I was kind of ready for it. But I didn't manage to probably show my best tennis.
Rafa was incredible today. Congrats to him." Medvedev, who was playing in his maiden Masters 1000 final, also improved to a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the world following his run in Canada. "I believe this was the best week ever," Medvedev added.
"My level during all the matches was extremely good. "I would have liked to do better today, but it happens. I will take experience from this match and try to do better next time."