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Rafa wipes out Milos Raonic to net third Canadian title
12 August 2013 @ 18:58

SPAIN'S Rafa Nadal took just one hour and eight minutes to beat world number 13, Canada's Milos Raonic on home turf yesterday (Sunday) in two sets, walking away comfortably with his fourth Masters 1000 of the season.

Back on form and playing better than ever after his unexpectedly early exit from Wimbledon in July, Mallorca-born Rafa took out the world's top player, Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals at Montréal before clinching his eighth title of 2013 against Raonic, the first-ever Canadian to reach the finals of the Québéc tournament since veteran Robert Bedard in 1958.

Losing just one point on serve in the first set, the former world champion left Raonic struggling to hold his own despite his usual awe-inspiring delivery, and then stormed through to win 6-2 after two breaks.

Taking advantage of Raonic's double fault at break point, the 'man from Manacor' enjoyed an easy win in set one and went on to repeat the performance in the second.

After gaining a second break in the seventh game of set two, fourth-seeded Rafa served out and clinched a 6-2 victory again which saw him sweeping up his third Canadian title after those of 2005 and 2008.


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