Speaking on Tennis Channel, the former American player James Blake commented on Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic holding most Masters 1000 titles in history. "The domination of those three and Andy Murray as well and this generation has been really absurd," Blake said following the Spaniard's Rogers Cup title in Montreal, last Sunday.
For the first time in his career, Nadal defended a hard-court title, in Montreal/Toronto. Blake praised Mallorcan's ability to evolve and improve over the years: "He is also very good at adjusting. I think a lot of people figured when he came on and seen and did so well on the clay.
Okay, this is the guy that can win the French Open a few times but he has got no chance at Wimbledon where it's a lot faster. He did such a good job of adjusting because I played him in 2005 and I felt like in 2005 he was an unbelievable clay-court player playing on hard courts.
He has definitely adjusted his game to be a hard-court and grass-court player. When he gets onto the faster courts he knows how to use his forehand much more offensively and move forward better. His net game has gotten so much better throughout his career, I am really impressed at how he has adjusted even being already the greatest clay-court player."
Nadal will play the US Open next. He will seek his fourth title there having previously triumphed in 2010, 2013 and 2017. He decided to withdraw from Cincinnati after his success in Montreal.