ATP Toronto: Daniil Medvedev tops Reilly Opelka and wins title in style

Two years after reaching the first Masters 1000 final in Montreal, Daniil Medvedev secured the fourth Masters 1000 crown in Toronto after beating Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 25 minutes. Despite tough challenges against Alexander Bublik and Hubert Hurkacz, Daniil saved his best tennis for the semi-final and the final, beating two giant servers en route to his 12th ATP crown. Within the last two years, Daniil has played in eight notable ATP finals on hard, winning five titles and losing Major finals to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, hoping to change that in a couple of weeks in New York. Opelka defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semis but stood no chance in his first Masters 1000 final after squandering all four break opportunities in two different games. On the other hand, Daniil grabbed 44% of the return points and caught three breaks that carried him over the top.

The Russian had 16 winners and 13 unforced errors, while the American counted to 22 direct points but also 34 unforced mistakes. Reilly could not repeat the numbers he had against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the net and struggled in the more extended exchanges to hit the exit door and settle with a runner-up prize.

Daniil Medvedev beat Reilly Opelka in straight sets to lift the Canada Open crown.

Opelka brought the opening game home with an ace before Medvedev landed one of his own to get his name on the scoreboard. The American closed the third game with another booming serve and earned three break chances in the next one that could have sent him ahead. Medvedev saved those and held with an unreturned serve to avoid an early setback.

That game became even more important when he broke with a return winner to forge a 3-2 advantage a few minutes later. In the seventh game, the American fended off two break chances to avoid an even bigger disaster before Medvedev held at 15 with a service winner in game ten for 6-4. Opelka survived a break chance at the beginning of the second set before Medvedev found a way to move in front with a break at 1-1 following his rival’s double fault. Daniil erased a break point in the sixth game to keep the serve intact, and that point illustrates what Reilly had to do to win the point against the Russian. Eager to seal the deal as soon as possible, Medvedev secured another break at 5-3 to move over the top and celebrate the fourth Masters 1000 crown.