Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Rafael Nadal dismantled Nick Kyrgios to secure Beijing title

Rafael Nadal of Spain serves a shot from Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during a men's singles semi-final match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing China Saturday Oct. 7 2017 Nadal overwhelms Kyrgios in Beijing for 75th career title
Stacy Diaz | 10 October, 2017, 18:59

After dodging two match points against Lucas Pouille in the first round of the China Open, Nadal displayed devastating form (arguably his best off clay since the 2014 Australian Open) the rest of the week, culminating with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Nick Kyrgios in the final.

He now has more than 2,360 points over Roger Federer.

Kyrgios, who was going after a fourth career title, was already on a warning from umpire Mohamed Lahyani for something he said in disputing a call in the first game of the match.

Kyrgios offered Nadal eight break points in the first set with Nadal taking two service breaks.

Rafael Nadal, 31, is not done yet this season as he went on to crush #Nick Kyrgios at China Open.

Nadal has no doubts about the Australian player's talent. The Spaniard last won the crown in 2005. "I've been asking myself that question for the last couple of years", Kyrgios told The Players Voice.

Following the clash, Nadal advised Kyrgios to "keep going" and that he would "have a lot of success in the sport" if he kept composed.

The Frenchwoman became the first to complete the Wuhan and Beijing double and is now on track to qualify for the season-ending WTA finals, as her win took her past Briton Johanna Konta to number eight in the Race to Singapore rankings.

"She played awesome tennis", Halep said of Garcia.

Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev are very much the future of tennis and they proved it once again when they played out a classic at the China Open.

Before that, they faced each other at the Montreal Masters where Krygios' troublesome hip flared up during a straight-sets loss to his fellow young gun.

"It's all I've been thinking about outside of tennis since then", he said, adding that he and his family were scoping out land in Melbourne and looking for organisations to partner with. But Halep dominated the first set, breaking Ostapenko's serve in the first game at love. It's tough to find positives when you won (just) three games in the final.

1 Simona Halep 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the women's event.