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Rafael Nadal eases to victory in Montreal beating Milos Raonic

Updated: Monday, 12 Aug 2013 10:42 | Comments

Rafael Nadal hoists the Rogers Cup trophy after beating local favourite Milos Raonic in Montreal
Rafael Nadal hoists the Rogers Cup trophy after beating local favourite Milos Raonic in Montreal

Rafael Nadal claimed his 25th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title with a one-sided victory over Milos Raonic in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal.

Canadian Raonic had the crowd behind him but his inexperience showed and Nadal - the world number four - eased to a 6-2 6-2 win to claim his eighth tour-level title of the season.

At times Raonic played into Nadal's hands as the Spaniard eased through the first set despite his first serve being out of sorts.

Nadal then broke in the first game of the second set and held with Raonic also holding for 2-1.

Raonic then brought up three break points only for Nadal to win five consecutive points.

A second break took the Spaniard to 5-2 and he then moved to double championship point, which he converted - Raonic sending a shot long - to wrap up victory in one hour eight minutes.

At the post-match presentation, Nadal said: "Congratulations to Milos for a great week and season.

"I wish you all the best for the rest of the season and the next years."

Praising his own support team, he added: "It's been an amazing season, without them it's impossible to have a season like this.

"All the support I have received this week is amazing: Montreal will always be in my heart."

A chastened Raonic added: "Congratulations to Rafa - I think he gave me a bit of a clinic today.

"I want to thank a bunch of people - my parents, my team, they go with me everywhere and prepare me to come here.

"(This is) the most important moment of my career so far so I am really happy I have been able to be here."

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