Rafael Nadal thrashes Nick Kyrgios in China Open final — ATP Tour

Kristopher Nichols
October 9, 2017

Nadal trounced Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-2 6-1 in the final to win his 75th career title.

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.

The eighth seed never recovered from that setback as Nadal grasped total control of proceedings in the second set.

The world No.1 cashed in on another Kyrgios meltdown to seize his sixth title of the season with a 6-2 6-1 victory in Beijing. "And if I'm angry, I'm not going to win the match". But with the crowd behind him and Dimitrov visibly tiring, the 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal stepped up a gear to ram home his superiority. Remarkably, after such a full-blooded start from Kyrgios, he quickly found himself a set down, with the Spaniard rattling off four games in succession.

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Nadal, 31, secured the opening set thanks to two breaks of serve before racing through the second set against an out of sorts Kyrgios who struggled to cope with the greater consistency from Nadal's racket. A successful challenge followed, but Nadal won the replayed point and ultimately held. When the break point came about, the Australian gifted it to the top seed, firing into the net to give his opponent a 2-0 lead. The win improved Goffin's record against Mannarino to 3-0.

He had Nadal on the stretch down break point only for a backhand that clipped the line to be called out.

At the tail end of a long campaign, there don't appear to be any signs of the world No. 1 slowing down, and at the moment he's playing some of the most effective tennis of his career. The Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan and season-ending extravaganza World Tour Finals at London's O2 in November end another memorable year which will covered via our website www.skysports.com/tennis with live blogs and updates as the season reaches its climax.

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