Nadal Smashes Kyrgios And Wins In Beijing


"I was playing very high intensity the whole match, changing the directions and not making many mistakes", Nadal said. He fought off two against Lucas Pouille in the first-round. "I have been there couple of times, semifinals and final".

In January, he also had a verbal run-in with tennis legend John McEnroe who called Kyrgios "a black eye for the sport" and failed to make it past the early rounds of a Grand Slam.

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

Tennis world number one Rafael Nadal lifted his sixth title this year after easing past Nick Kyrgios 6-2 6-1 in the final of the China Open in Beijing on Sunday.

"In the semi-final I played well, obviously beating Alex, it's a typical type of week for me: beat a player well, then pretty much no-show".

"Of course, some moments was a little bit odd for me, something a little bit unusual", Nadal, 31, said. Muguruza retired during her opening match on Monday because of a cold.

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Nadal said: "Of course it is a nice feeling [to win a tournament after injury]".

But that was soon fixed and there was little between the two players until Garcia broke Halep in the 10th game to grab the first set.

Garcia was 0-40 down on her own serve until dragging it to 40-40 and then saving half a dozen break points before somehow winning the game to go 4-3 up. With the score tied at 3-3 in the second set, Garcia saved nine consecutive break points in the seventh game, before taking a 4-3 lead but Halep recovered to force a tiebreak. At 40-0 in the final game, Halep won with a clean forehand victor down the line. Halep achieved the women's world #1 ranking with the victory.

"All I can tell you is the difference I feel inside now that I know how to channel my career -- the money, the publicity, the notoriety -- into something meaningful".

The 26-year-old Bulgarian exited the tournament in three sets to world number one Rafael Nadal, on a day when the outside hard court in the Chinese capital appeared shrouded in smog.