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ATP roundup: Daniil Medvedev wins title in Toronto

Aug 15, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada;   Daniil Medvedev of Russia waves to fans after defeating Reilly Opelka of the United States in the finals of the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 15, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Daniil Medvedev of Russia waves to fans after defeating Reilly Opelka of the United States in the finals of the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia needed only 85 minutes Sunday to dispatch Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-3 to win the National Bank Open at Toronto.

The title is Medvedev’s 12th on the singles circuit and his third trophy this season after triumphing in Mallorca and Marseille.

“I could not have dreamt of (this) at one point,” Medvedev said on the court after the match. “I am just happy. I want to achieve more. I am really happy I achieved this in Canada.”

Opelka had a chance to take control in the first set when he was up 40-love with Medevdev serving in the fourth game. But the Russian won five straight points to save the set and tie the match at 2-2.

Medvedev won the next game and never looked back on the way to the 6-4 set victory.

“He was flawless,” Opelka said. “I had one chance to break early. I don’t think that would have changed much because he was in so many of my service games. When I hit some big shots, he countered well and it was very tough to disrupt him at all.”

Medvedev broke Opelka in the third game of the second set to go up 2-1. Opelka had a chance to even the scales in the sixth game, but once again couldn’t get the job done.

Medvedev, the No. 2 player in the world, finished the match having won 23 of 26 first service points and 16 of 26 second service points. He also saved all four break points while Opelka only saved 4 of 7.

Opelka was playing in his first ever ATP Masters 1000 tournament final. Medvedev credited the 23-year-old American, who is ranked No. 32 in the world, for stepping up to the plate.

“He showed up, he played some really good points,” Medvedev said. “He was fighting until the end. He saved break points in crucial moments.”

Medvedev and Opelka will look to carry the momentum of their successes in Canada into the U.S. at the Western & Southern Open. Medvedev is the top seed at the tournament.

In 2019, Medvedev was the runner-up in Montreal before winning the title in Cincinnati.

“Playing Canada and Cincinnati, the goal is to win as many matches as possible,” Medvedev said. “I was able to do it two years ago and I will try and do it again.”

Western & Southern Open

The Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati opened the round of 64 with France’s Benoit Paire defeating Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Paire scored 11 aces en route to the three-set victory while saving seven of 10 break points.

France’s Richard Gasquet and Corentin Moutet, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, Tommy Paul and Marcos Giron all advanced to the round of 64 through the qualifying tournament.

–Field Level Media