Rafael Nadal played only 48 games in 2012 and missed the second part due to a left knee injury. The Spaniard came back excited to reach the top again in 2013 and put on one of his best career performances. Rafa lifted ten ATP titles from 14 finalists and finished the season as the year-end number.
1 For the first time since 2010. Nadal missed the Australian Open and started his career on clay. They beat Sao Paulo, Acapulco, Indian Wells, Barcelona, Madrid, Roma and Roland Garros before a shock loss in the opening round of Wimbledon to Steve Darcis in straight sets.
It was time for the Hard Court and Montreal, Rafa’s second hardcourt event after Miami 2012. The Spaniard continued his spot at Indian Wells and claimed the eighth and fourth season titles at the Masters 1000 level!
Rafa lost only two matches to Jesse Levine in the second round for a promising start. He beat Jerzy Janovic in two sets to reach the quarter-finals and overthrown Marinko Matosevic to enter the quarter-finals. Nadal faced a huge challenge in Novak Djokovic, and two big rivals turned him into an unforgettable contender.
Rafa toppled the world no. 1 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 in 2 hours 29 minutes to advance to the final for the first time in five years. On August 11, Nadal defeated home favorite Milos Raonic 6-2 6-2 in 68 minutes to claim the 25th Masters 1000 Masters title, and dominated from start to finish to lift the trophy.
It was the first final at this level for the 22-year-old Canadian, who has spent more than four and a half hours on the court in the past two days with nothing left in the tank for such a strong opponent. Facing each other for the fourth time, Nadal claimed his fourth consecutive set win, losing seven points behind the initial shot and blocking all three break points.
The pressure was on Raonic, and he couldn’t stand it after serving only at 50%. Without free points in his arsenal, Milos stood helpless against Rafa in front of the home crowd and settled for the runner-up award. The Spaniard has a huge advantage in extended rallies and beat the opponent in the shortest to seal the deal in style.
Rafael Nadal won the fourth Masters 1000 title of 2013 in Montreal.
Rafa never went wrong in the final. He stole nearly half of his comeback points and turned all four breakout chances to take control of the scoreboard and walk to the finish line in no time.
Raonic hardly hit a winner while Nadal shunned unforced errors, imposing shots and blocking his opponent’s initial shot to take the decisive advantage. Milos at 15 in the first match kept a shot of 237 km / h, hoping to achieve more in the rest of the confrontation.
Nadal saved a header in the second game and took a break opportunity the next time when Raonic sent in a long forehand. The Spaniard confirmed the superiority with another comfortable hold that made him lead 3-1. He earned five straight points on the return at the next point to force Milos on a volleyball foul and increase the lead after just over 20 minutes.
Love’s fist gave another easy game for Rafa, and he wrapped up the opening match with three serve winners with a score of 5-2 in 32 minutes. Unable to pass Nadal with the first shot, Raonic hit a double fault at the start of the second set to find himself a set and collapse.
Rafa fired a serve to open a 2-0 gap and approach the finish line. The Canadian finally gave his fans something to cheer after making three break points in the fourth game that could have put him back in the competition.
Rafa kept calm and erased them before grabbing an Ace to bring the match home and secure a more significant boost. Raonic couldn’t do anything after those break opportunities, and he fouled a forehand to suffer another break and pushed Nadal 5-2 up front.
The Spaniard served to win the title in game eight and was held at the age of 15 to celebrate the title and start a historic summer in North America.