Nadal too strong for Raonic
Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal proved far too good for home hope Milos Raonic in the final of the Montreal Masters, romping to a 6-2 6-2 victory.
Nadal was playing in his first tournament since losing in the first round of Wimbledon but is enjoying a superb season other than that blip and claimed an eight title of the year, four of them coming in Masters events.
He had beaten World No 1 Novak Djokovic in a top-quality semi-final on Saturday night and maintained his high level of form to completely outgun rising star Raonic, somewhat to the disappointment of a sell-out crowd.
Nadal produced a familiar combination of winners and few unforced errors to break serve twice en route to winning set one.
The 22-year-old Raonic was the first Canadian to reach the final since 1955 but he double-faulted to be broken at the start of the second set and Nadal went on to win that one in convincing fashion as well.
Raonic did bring up three break points at 1-2 down but Nadal then reeled off five points in a row, broke serve again, and wrapped up victory after an hour and eight minutes when Raonic put a shot long.
It was a third victory in the event for Nadal, who will move up to third in the world rankings on Monday, while Raonic will have the consolation of breaking into the top 10 for the first time.
Nadal: It's been an amazing season
Nadal said: "Congratulations to Milos for a great week and season. I wish you all the best for the rest of the season and the next years."
Praising his own support team, he added: "It's been an amazing season, without them it's impossible to have a season like this.
"All the support I have received this week is amazing, Montreal will always be in my heart.
"This was an amazing victory for me. I knew my serve would be very important and I felt consistent. My returns were also unbelievable.
"I played a fantastic match against a tough opponent. He just had a few more mistakes today than usual."
Raonic said: "Congratulations to Rafa, I think he gave me a bit of a clinic today.
"I want to thank a bunch of people - my parents, my team, they go with me everywhere and prepare me to come here.
"(This is) the most important moment of my career so far, so I am really happy I have been able to be here."