Nadal tops Raonic to claim title in Montreal

August 11, 2013 08:03 PM
Rafael Nadal acknowledges the crowd after winning the 2013 Rogers Cup men's singles title.
On Sunday in Montréal, Rafael Nadal of Spain took home the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, defeating Canadian Milos Raonic, 6-2, 6-2, in just 67 minutes.  
With his win in Canada, Nadal on Monday will pull ahead of his compatriot David Ferrer and ascend to No.3 in the world rankings. Nadal dominated the final showdown from beginning to end. It was Raonic’s first participation in a Masters 1000 event.
The Spaniard earned his 25th Masters title and increased his lead in the race for the most Masters singles titles. He also remains unbeaten on hard courts this season, with Masters Series titles in Montréal and Indian Wells.
The 2013 Rogers Cup is Nadal's eigth title and fourth Masters this year. It is also his 58th title in 81 ATP finals, versus four wins in seven finals for Raonic, who has never won a set against Nadal in four meetings.
"To win here, I have to be playing my top level," Nadal told The Associated Press. "Very happy the way that I played almost every match in this tournament. Is very important for me, this title. Just very happy for everything." 
Raonic tried to make a dent in Nadal’s armor but the challenge was to great. Despite the defeat, Raonic on Monday will enter the ATP Top 10, becoming the first Canadian in history to do so. He is also the first canadian man since 1958 to reach the final of the Rogers Cup. 
"The tournament overall was a great thing," Raonic said. "There were a lot of situations that I'm very happy with the way I dealt with them, and there were a lot of learning experiences through it all."
Nadal has won 48 of 51 matches this year, increasing his chances to end the year at No. 1 for the first time since 2010.