This finals match up shouldn’t be that much of a surprise as both Nadal and Medvedev were expected to do well in Montreal this season. The 2019 odds for your Rogers Cup, before the tournament starting Nadal as the favorite to take the championship at +200, and Medvedev as third in +1100.
8/11/19 was taken by * Odds out of Bovada
It should not come as a surprise that Rafa is the favorite. However, no one is giving him incredible chances, which should lead to an easy win for him. The two players have enhanced their odds incredibly as mentioned above.
Without hitting a tennis ball Rafael Nadal booked his visit to the finals of the Rogers Cup later Gael Monfils withdrew from the game. Monfils declared to the audience he would be unable to select the court for its semifinal match against the Spaniard due to an ankle injury. The injury happened in the next set of his match against Bautista Agut. With that outcome, Rafael Nadal will face off against Daniil Medvedev for first time in the two of their livelihood.
Rafa did had to battle back into Montreal in his quarterfinal match against No.11 Fabio Fognini to win 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. With Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer leaping out with this year’s tournament, Nadal is the best seed.
This is the very first time the 23-year old and also the 33-year older will fit up in their careers. Medvedev has played with a number of his very best tennis in the Rogers Cup 2019, however the Rogers Cup tournament has ever been favorable to Nadal.
The Russian has yet to drop a set on Canadian soil this season, and he’s been playing with such force and control within his match. But with not played with Nadal previously could prove harmful for its Russian, and Nadal tennis IQ is really high, and his skills are so tasteful.
Even though Nadal is 33-years old, there’s been no signs of slowing down. His quarterfinal win on Friday was his 40th win of the year, which brings his album 40-6 this past season.
Rafa latest match had him winning 88 percent of his first serve factors, served up seven aces and won 76 of 137 points.
The finals on Sunday would be Medvedev’s first ATP Masters 1000 closing and contains goals of now reaching top-5 ranking or higher.
Nadal is going after his fifth Rogers Cup title, and now he’ll be playing two days rest too. Something that seems to be unheard of in such a tournament. The 2 players have yet to confront each other before, so there’s no history to go from. The decade age difference between the two could be an advantage to Medvedev, which might make matters a bit more interesting. However, Nadal’s 4-0 record in Rogers Cup finals speaks for itself.
In case Nadal had played with his semifinals game and won to proceed onto the finals, then there might have been another story here. However, after he fought back in the quarters, the Spaniard looks to be prepared to carry home his fifth trophy.
Select: Nadal (-223)
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