Roger that! Rafa wins Rogers Cup in Montreal
Who knew what to expect from Rafa Nadal when he hit the hard court in Montreal this weekend? It was his first tournament since a first round exit at Wimbledon. It was impossible to say what was going to happen.
It was a court Rafa knew well. The Montreal tournament was the first place he won a major hard court title. After beating Andre Agassi that year, Rafa went on to win the Rogers Cup again in 2008. So, he knew how to win there. The question was, after the Wimbledon loss and a tough match versus Novak Djokovic in the Rogers Cup semis, could Rafa bring his Eh-game to the Canadian court?
Even if the court was familiar, it didn't necessarily mean it was friendly. The assembled fans gave the PokerStars ambassador a nice welcome, but their hearts were clearly behind Canada's Milos Paonic.
It had been 55 years since a Canadian had won a Rogers Cup. It had been almost that long since a Canadian had made a final. Raonic had a chance to beat a legend and secure a home court victory in front of his fellow Canadians.
But he never even sniffed at it. Rafa dominated both sets, winning them in less than 90 minutes 6-2, 6-2.
Congrats, Rafa, on another great performance.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging