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Magnificent Medvedev masters Opelka to take Toronto title

The Russian beat his unseeded opponent 6-4, 6-3 to win the fourth ATP Masters 1000 final of his career

Daniil Medvedev, Toronto 2021 Daniil Medvedev, Toronto 2021 – Dan Hamilton – AI / REUTERS / PANORAMIC
  • What happened: Daniil Medvedev beat Reilly Opelka in straight sets to win the title in Toronto.
  • You will also learn: Opelka was the first American man to reach the Canada final since Mardy Fish managed it in Montreal back in 2011.
  • Why you should read this story: Medvedev follows in the footsteps of Marat Safin as he lifts this title.

Daniil Medvedev won the fourth ATP Masters 1000 final of his career as he became the National Bank Open champion, beating Reilly Opelka in Toronto 6-4, 6-3.

He is the fifth different ATP Masters 1000 champion this season, joining Hubert Hurkacz, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal.

A single break of serve in the first set and two in the second was all that was needed as Medvedev became the first Russian man to win this title in over two decades; the last man to manage it was Marat Safin in 2000.

This was Opelka’s first ATP Masters 1000 final – and he is the tallest player ever to reach one.

But the world No 2 was the heavy favourite against the unseeded American; coming into the match, Medvedev led the head-to-head 3-1, including taking the most recent win, at Roland-Garros earlier this year.

And his passing shots and quick reflexes helped him to deal with the big serves and powerful hitting of his opponent.

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