With that, I don’t think Rafael Nadal will be in Cincinnati next week.
The Spaniard stands alone with his Masters 1000 record of 35 titles and 381 Masters 1000 victories with now five of those coming in Canada. One man with six? Ivan Lendl.
It was a competitive start to the match between Medvedev and Nadal with the Russian blowing away many good opponents on route to his first final in Montreal but ended up being blown away himself.
Throughout the week I liked what I saw from Daniil and the first four games or so were competitive and Rafa had to fight hard saving off break points.
Medvedev’s backhand is unorthodox but the way he stood off the pressure of Nadal’s game early on was great to see but the Spaniard got in his groove.
He wanted that backhand to forehand exchange and he got it and using it he exploit the option down the line and played a game of cat and mouse with Daniil.
Something that was evident was the increase in spin and slice on the backhand of Rafa. Early on he had a few issues getting it into play but he quickly slowed down the Russian and played his own game.
The frustration kicked in for Daniil as it would anyone in these conditions with Rafa unstoppable and that double break early on in the second killed off his chances of a comeback.
As ever with Rafa there isn’t a let up. The intensity is there whether it’s 3-3, 4-1, 5-5 or 5-0. It’s the same level throughout.
When asked about Cincinnati he did say; “I don’t know, I will speak to my team”
I highly doubt he will. He made the choice last year to skip and go back to Mallorca where his coach Carlos Moya is right now and train at his academy ahead of the US Open.
A record breaking week for Rafa as mentioned. No one has more Masters 1000 titles or wins as he does and a fun fact to finish the week on for Rafa.
This is the first time in his career he has defended a title on a hard court.