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 one hour and 25 minutes. Despite tough challenges against Alexander Bublik and Hubert Hurkacz, Daniil saved his best tennis for the semifinals and the final, beating two huge servers on the way to his 12th ATP crown.
In the past two years, Daniil has played Hard in eight notable ATP finals, winning five titles and losing major finals to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, hoping to change that in New York in a few weeks. Opelka defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals, but had no chance in his first Masters 1000 final after he had lost all four break chances in two different games.
On the flip side, 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 scored 22 direct points but also 34 unforced errors.
Reilly could not repeat the numbers he had against Stefanos Tsitsipas and struggled in the longer exchanges to hit the exit door and be satisfied with a second prize.
Daniil Medvedev defeated Reilly Opelka in straight sets and took the Canada Open crown.
Opelka brought home the opening game with an ace before Medvedev landed one of his own to get his name on the scoreboard.
The American ended the third game with another booming serve and had three break chances in the next that could have put him in the lead. Medvedev saved this and held on an unreturned serve to avoid an early setback. That game became even more important when he broke with a return winner a few minutes later to take a 3-2 lead.
In the seventh game, the American fended off two break chances to avoid an even greater catastrophe before Medvedev held at 15 with a service winner in the tenth game to make it 6: 4. Opelka survived a break chance at the beginning of the second set, before Medvedev slipped forward with a break to make it 1-1 after a double fault by his rival.
Daniil cleared a breakpoint in game six to keep the serve intact and that point shows what Reilly had to do to win the point against the Russian. Eager to seal the deal as soon as possible, Medvedev secured another 5-3 break to move over the top and celebrate the fourth Masters 1000 crown.