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Top-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal easily defeated Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, 6-3, 6-0, Sunday in Montreal to claim his fifth Rogers Cup title.

After a competitive start in blustery conditions, Nadal breezed past the No. 8 seed in one hour and 11 minutes.

The opening game featured lengthy baseline rallies of 24 and 32 shots, and Medvedev had a break point before Nadal closed it out. It was the only break point he faced in the match.

“He was playing very well during the whole week. So for me it was important in the beginning that he doesn’t take advantage, because finals are always a little bit more difficult for everyone,” Nadal said.

Nadal, who converted four of his eight break chances, had advanced to the final with a walkover in the semifinals when Frenchman Gael Monfils withdrew.

“I think I played a very solid match, my best match of the week,” said Nadal, who won his third title of the year following victories at Rome and the French Open.

Nadal, 33, won his record-extending 35th career ATP Masters 1000 title. Medvedev, 23, was playing in his first Masters 1000 Final. This was their first head-to-head meeting.

Nadal won last year’s Rogers Cup played in Toronto and also won the tournament in 2005, 2008 and 2013.

Nadal receives 1,000 ATP rankings points and $1.05 million in prize money, while Medvedev earns 600 points and $531,010.

Nadal improved to 41-6 in 2019 and will move into first place in the ATP Race to London on Monday. He is also in the driver’s seat to finish the year at No. 1.

Sunday’s score was the most lopsided in a final at this event since John McEnroe beat Vitas Gerulaitas 6-0, 6-3 in 1984.

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