China Open: Nadal Beats Kyrgios To Take Sixth Title Of The Season

Rafa Nadal celebrates with the trophy in Beijing

Victory in Beijing gives Nadal his 75th career crown, moving to within two titles of John McEnroe for fourth on the Open Era list.

After losing the first set 6-2, Kyrgios performed impatiently on the court.

The mercurial Kyrgios is known as much for his volatile temper as his prodigious talent.

The first four or five games were hotly contested and of sublime quality, but Nadal's returning, which was vastly better than it was in a loss to Kyrgios this summer in Cincinnati, and clutch serving wore down Kyrgios, who also let a bad call in the first game fester in his mind.

World number 19 Kyrgios matched Nadal early on, winning his opening two service games but became involved in a debate with umpire Mohamed Lahyani over a close line call against him.

Kyrgios didn't make it onto the board in the second set until he was serving with Nadal already leading 5-0.

He has made no bones about not taking tennis seriously enough, and on Monday said it was down to feeling like he had no real objective in life.


Jared Donaldson will be the first opponent for the 31-year-old after he beat Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.

She hit 17 winners and saved nine break points in the second set to move into the eighth and final qualifying spot for coming Singapore tournament. Garcia said afterwards, asked what was in her mind when she slumped to her knees.

"For sure it definitely turned the second set", Garcia said.

Nadal 1-0 Dimitrov*: The roof is shut in China because it's pretty wet out there so the applause for Nadal's first victor echoes around the stadium.

Afterwards, the 16-time Grand Slam victor, who added the French Open and US Open to his tally in 2017, said: "In 2005 when I won here I never thought that in 2017 I would still be playing tennis!" First thing, the tournament is bigger than 2005.

Nadal leads Kyrgios 3-2 in career meetings, and 2-1 this season.

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