Nadal eases past Kyrgios to claim China crown

Nadal eases past Kyrgios to claim China crown

Nadal eases past Kyrgios to claim China crown

Nadal's latest triumph, following successes in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and grand slam glory in Paris and NY, came five days after he saved match points in his opening match against Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

Rafael Nadal secured his first China Open title in 12 years on Sunday, beating Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 6-1 in the Beijing final. 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.

Helping his cause is the fact Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, all ranked above Kyrgios, are sidelined with injury.

"Congrats to Nick for a great week", Nadal said. I played, in my opinion, a great level of tennis tonight.

"Keep going and playing that way and of course you're going to have a lot of success in the sport".

He was unable to recover after an incorrect call likely robbed him of a crucial break in the very first game.

But Kyrgios appeared put out by a line call that went against him in the first game and Nadal was in no mood to hand out favours as he cruised to a 6-2 6-1 victory.

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After letting a couple of break points slip past, Nadal finally ripped a return victor down the line to effectively end this contest.

But it was his opponent who dominated the drama on court in Beijing with his furious encounter with chair umpire Mohamed Layhani.

"An absolute joke", he said.

It was another Jekyll and Hyde performance from the unpredictable Kyrgios, who battled bravely to fend off five break points in his opening service game.

There was no way back as Nadal raced to victory to collect his 75th career title at the same cherished venue where he earned Olympic gold in 2008.

"He played well. I played bad".

"It wasn't to be today".

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