World No.2 Daniil Medvedev won his fourth ATP Masters 1000 title after steering past American Reilly Opelka in straight sets(6-4, 6-3) at the Canadian Open 2021. Consequently, he also became the first Russian man to win the Rogers Cup since Marat Safin in 2000.
“I could not have dreamt of (this) at one point. With the Masters, with Novak and Rafael playing, it seemed like an untouchable achievement. Now I have four wins in five finals, which is a good score. I am just happy. I want to achieve more. And I am really happy I achieved this in Canada,” Medvedev said in the post-match interview.
Playing Your First Masters 1000 Final Is Not Easy, says Medvedev
In 2019, Russian made his ATP Masters 1000 final debut at the Canadian Open, but he fell in the championship match to Rafael Nadal in straight sets(6-3, 6-0). While Reilly Opelka played his first Masters 1000 final, it was the fifth for Medvedev.
Daniil further continued, “Even today, he (Opelka) showed up. He played some really good points. He was fighting until the end, he saved break points in crucial moments. Playing your first (Masters 1000) final is not easy. I played my first in Canada and won only three games.”
A couple of years ago, Medvedev played back-to-back Masters 1000 final in Canada and the United States. At the same time, he claimed his first Masters title in Cincinnati.
“Playing Canada and Cincinnati, the goal is to win as many matches as possible. I was able to do it two years ago and I will try and do it again,” Russian added.
However, Medvedev has won 12 ATP Tour-level titles, including four Masters 1000 (2021 Canadian Open, 2020 Paris Masters, 2019 Shanghai, and 2019 Cincinnati).