2019 Rogers Cup – Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev Final Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev taking place? IGA Stadium, Montreal

When is Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev on and what time does it start? Sunday 11th August, 2019 – 21:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev? 25c and sunshine forecast all day

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match on their platform

Where can I get tickets for Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev? https://www.couperogers.com/en/rogers-cup-tickets-montreal/

THE LOWDOWN

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RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal dropped his first set at the 2019 Rogers Cup to old-foe Fabio Fognini but brushed that aside to win the next two 6-1, 6-2 and he then received a semi-final bye after Gael Monfils was forced to withdraw through injury.
  • The world number two and first seed here will take heart from the elimination of second-seed Dominic Thiem, a player who has gotten the better of him in the past, and now it is Medvedev who stands in his way of winning another trophy.
  • The four-time and reigning Rogers Cup champion has played in six semi-finals at this tournament, losing in two to Novak Djokovic in 2007 and Andy Murray in 2010, and therefore winning every final he has made so confidence will be high for Nadal.

DANIIL MEDVEDEV

  • 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev faces Rafa Nadal for the very first time in the final of Rogers Cup after beating compatriot and friend Karen Kachenov in straight sets in the semi-final on Saturday.
  • While victory for Nadal would be his 35th Masters 1000 trophy, this match is Medvedev's first appearance in a 1000 final and the talented Russian is in the form of his life having not dropped a single set on the way.
  • The key for Medvedev will be making a fast start which has been key in his recent strong performances, and if he can upset Nadal and potentially break him early, he stands a good chance of taking the Spaniard all the way here.

THE PREDICTION

This is the first ever meeting between these two players and while Nadal will be keen to add to his vast array of trophies, Medvedev is motivated to win his first ever ATP 1000 event. The Russian is in tremendous form and will be confident of pushing Nadal all the way. The world number two is somewhat underrated on hard courts but he has an outstanding record, and after receiving a bye in the semi-finals, he will be fresh for this final. The start could be key however and Medvedev will know his best chance is to start fast and break Nadal early. If he can do that and hold his nerve on his own serve, he may can cause concern for Nadal. Ultimately, one would expect Nadal to just have the edge in the key moments to win this game, but he may not have it all his own way and it could go to a deciding set.

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