Nadal thrashes Kyrgios to win China Open title

Nick Sanchez
October 10, 2017

Nick Kyrgios claimed the scalp of the hottest prospect in tennis in Alexander Zverev on Saturday and then said he was gunning for Rafael Nadal in the China Open final.

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.

Nadal, a two-time Grand Slam champion this year, never appeared in danger of losing to Kyrgios despite the fiery Australian making an encouraging start to the encounter.

Croft added how Nadal's playing style compared to Roger Federer might have burdened the latter half of his career but through hard work, the 31-year-old is still flourishing with many years left in the sport.

"I can't play at 100 percent if that stuff happens - and then you expect me not to be angry", Kyrgios told Lahyani.

Kyrgios has previously admitted he's "not the professional tennis needs me to be" but says he has found a vision that will make him be remembered as much more than a tennis player.

The Belgian fourth seed, fresh from his victory at the Shenzhen Open, beat the Frenchman 6-3 7-5 in one hour and 24 minutes. That's important for me.

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.

"I am very pleased the way that I have been playing the whole week, after a very tough first day".

Nadal leads Kyrgios 3-2 in career meetings, and 2-1 this season. "I have been there couple of times, semifinals and final".

It continues what has been a stellar year for the Spaniard as he not only won a record 10th French Open title and his third US Open title, but also returned to the top of the ATP tennis rankings for the first time since 2014.

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