World No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeated Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Rogers Cup on Sunday and closed in on the No. 1 ranking.
Nadal won his fifth straight title, including the French Open and Wimbledon, and a career-best 29th successive match. The unseeded Kiefer, ranked 37th, was playing in his first ATP final since 2005.
Second title for Safina
Carson: Fourth-seeded Russian Dinara Safina won the 600,000-dollar WTA Tour hardcourt tournament here Sunday with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Italian Flavia Pennetta.