Daniil Medvedev seriously limited the firepower of Reilly Opelka on Sunday in a 6-4, 6-3 finals defeat to win the Montreal Masters title.
The Russian who is the first from his country to lift a Canadian trophy since Marat Safin more than two decades ago, needed less than 90 minutes to control the 2.11 serving giant.
Instead of achieving his standard double figures of aces, the No. 32 managed only eight; he was also broken three times while holding off all four break points he faced.
Medvedev, the world No. 2, playing a fifth career final at the Masters 1000 level, winning his fourth title at the elite level.
“When I was starting I could barely have dreamed of a Masters final,” he said. Now I’ve played five of them and won four. I’m just happy, I want to achieve more, I want to play better.”
Medvedev gave props to Opelka, playing for his first major title. “A first one (Masters final) final is never easy.
“My first was in Canada (Montreal, 2019) and I won just three games (against Rafael Nadal).”
Opelka committed 34 unforced errors as he failed to stop the Medvedev juggernaut.
The Russian and American will be flown to next week’s Masters in Cincinnati in a private jet traditionally laid on by organisers.
“Playing here and in Cincy is to find out where my game is at,” Medvedev said. “I want to win as many matches as possible.
“Hopefully my body will be ready to play Cincinnati, I’m going there to see. My biggest goal is the US Open, I want to show the good tennis there that I had this week.”
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