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Nadal crushes Raonic to win Rogers Cup

By Tom Bartlett MONTREAL (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal thumped Canada's Milos Raonic 6-2 6-2 in the final of the men's Rogers Cup on Sunday to capture his eighth ATP title this season and boost his confidence ahead of the U.S. Open, starting later this month. Playing in his first tournament since his shock opening-round loss at Wimbledon, Nadal showed he was back to near his best and his ailing body was ready for the grueling demands of the North American hardcourt season.

Tennis: Nadal routs Raonic to win Montreal Masters

Spain's Rafael Nadal crushed Milos Raonic of Canada 6-2, 6-2 to capture the ATP Tour's Montreal Masters title on Sunday. Nadal now owns eight titles this season and will move back to third in the world rankings on Monday behind Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. str/bb

Tennis: Nadal routs Raonic to win Montreal Masters

Spain's Rafael Nadal crushed Milos Raonic of Canada 6-2, 6-2 to capture the ATP Tour's Montreal Masters title on Sunday. Nadal now owns eight titles this season and will move back to third in the rankings on Monday behind Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Raonic, completely outgunned in front of a sellout home crowd, will break into the top 10 on the ATP for the first time in his career.

Tennis: ATP Montreal Masters results

Results on the seventh day of the ATP Montreal Masters on Sunday: Final Rafael Nadal (ESP x4) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x11) 6-2, 6-2 afp

Tennis: Nadal beats Djokovic to reach Montreal final

Rafael Nadal reached his 10th final of the season on Saturday, beating top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2) at the Montreal Masters. The fourth-seeded Spaniard will play the first Canadian to reach the final since 1958 when he faces Milos Raonic, a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7/4) winner over compatriot Vasek Pospisil. Nadal will be bidding for his third Canadian title after triumphs in 2005 and 2008. He has beaten Raonic in all three of their matches, including two on hardcourt. str/bb

Tennis: ATP Montreal Masters results - collated

Results on the sixth day of the Montreal Masters on Saturday: Semi-finals Milos Raonic (CAN x11) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4) Rafael Nadal (ESP x4) bt Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2) afp

Tennis: Nadal beats Djokovic to book Raonic title clash

Rafael Nadal held off Novak Djokovic in three tense sets Saturday and will now try and stop Canadian Milos Raonic from making more tennis history at the Montreal Masters. Fourth seed Nadal, champion in the event in 2005 and 2008, defeated top seed and two-time defending champion Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2) to reach his 10th final of the season. Raonic, meanwhile, became the first Canadian into the tournament's final since 1958, when Robert Bedard won it.

Nadal beats Djokovic, to face Raonic in Montreal final

By Tom Bartlett MONTREAL (Reuters) - Spain's Rafa Nadal handed Novak Djokovic another semi-final defeat when he beat the world number one at the Rogers Cup on Saturday to set up a title decider against local favorite Milos Raonic. Nadal held off a surging Djokovic to win 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) in a pulsating semi-final that resembled a heavyweight boxing clash with the duo trading breathtaking winners instead of blows.

Tennis: Raonic makes history with Montreal finals spot

Milos Raonic beat Vasek Pospisil in the first all-Canadian semi-final at the Montreal Masters on Saturday and will crack a top 10 ranking for the first time. Raonic, seeded 11th, beat 71st-ranked Pospisil 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7/4) and will make his biggest ATP rankings move on Monday when he will become the first Canadian in the top 10. But first, he'll take on either top seed Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal -- both multiple Canadian title winners in Sunday's final.

Tennis: Raonic wins all-Canadian Montreal semi-final

Milos Raonic defeated countryman Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7/4) on Saturday to reach the final of the Montreal Masters, and will become the first Canadian ever in the ATP top 10. The 11th seed fought for more than two hours to get past his wildcard compatriot and become the first Canadian to reach an ATP final in his home country since 1958. Raonic will face off for his first Masters 1000 title against either world number one Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal. str/bb
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