In 2015 and 2016, Rafael Nadal struggled with injuries and a lack of form, barely managing to stay in the top 10. The Spaniard recovered in 2017, winning 58 games and taking home two Major titles to finish the year ranked first. After losing his opening match at Wimbledon, Nadal focused on having a better performance in Montreal as he pursued the fourth Canada Open title.
Rafa made a strong first impression by defeating Borna Coric, a young Croat, 6-1, 6-2 in the second round. From beginning to end, Nadal dominated, winning the 337th Masters 1000 match and the 47th match overall in 2017. He needed one more victory to unseat Andy Murray and take the top spot in the world.
1 after more than three hours, finally. Rafa served at 71 percent, and his first attempt was a complete success. In eight service games, he lost 13 points while only encountering one break point. While Coric was under continual pressure, Nadal took over half of the return points to break him four times out of five chances.
In Montreal 2017, Rafael Nadal defeated Borna Coric quickly.
Rafa played aggressive tennis and held Borna to seven victories and 20 errors while putting down 20 winners and 18 unforced errors. In both the shorter range, up to four strokes, and the longer range, the Spaniard clearly held the advantage.
Borna maintained contact with his powerful adversary during the mid-range exchanges at the same time, however it was insufficient to keep him safe. As was to be expected, the young Croat found it difficult to dominate with his forehand, especially while playing a fantastic court-covering opponent.
The Spaniard got off to a flawless start, holding with an ace in the first game and forcing a mistake from Coric in the following one to establish a 2-0 lead. After a prolonged rally, Rafa kept the lead at 5-1 and took advantage of another break to extend the lead in game four. The opener was finished in under 30 minutes.
At the start of the second set, Borna dropped three game points and was broken, giving Rafa a bigger lead. With one powerful shot after another, Nadal secured a break at 15 in game five to advance toward victory.
The Spaniard held onto his lone break point at 4-1 and scored a service winner in the eighth game to win the match and advance to face Denis Shapovalov in the third round.