Rafael Nadal secured his 379th Masters 1000 victory in Montreal four years ago
Rafael Nadal came to Montreal 2019 as the defending Canada Masters champion. The Spaniard reached his 91st Masters 1000 quarter-final after beating Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 41 minutes in windy conditions. Rafa secured a massive record, registering his 379th Masters 1000 triumph and leaving Roger Federer on 378.
Nadal stayed on the title course, trying to defend the title outside clay for the first time in a career at 33! The Spaniard landed 24 winners and 26 unforced errors. He left Pella on a 7-17 ratio and forged the victory in the mid-range rallies after losing the edge to the Argentine in the shortest ones up to four strokes.
Guido converted one of three break chances and got broken three times from ten opportunities offered to Nadal. The Argentine gave his best to prolong the battle. However, it was not good enough to challenge Rafa more seriously.
Rafael Nadal bested Roger Federer’s Masters 1000 record in Montreal 2019.
Both players lost nine points behind the initial shot in the opening set.
Nadal secured an early break and controlled the remaining games to take it 6-3. The Spaniard held at 15 in the encounter’s first game and grabbed a break a few minutes later after Pella’s massive forehand error. The Spaniard cemented the lead after two deuces and a forehand winner in game three.
Serving for the set at 5-3, Nadal fired four winners to close it in style after 45 minutes. He controlled the pace with 12 winners and 11 unforced mistakes, hoping for more in set number two.After two holds at love at the beginning of the second set, Rafa converted the third break chance in game three with a smash winner.
He held at love with another smash winner to gain a 3-1 advantage and move closer to the finish line. The sixth game was the longest of the match. Pella broke back on the third chance following Nadal’s forced error and leveled the score at 3-3.
Still, he suffered another break in the next one to send Rafa in front again. Guido repelled three match points on serve in game nine to stay within one break deficit and prolong the battle. Nadal stayed focused and sealed the deal on his serve a few minutes later to propel himself into the last eight and earn a massive record.