Nadal demolishes Kyrgios to win China Open

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the China Open trophy

Kyrgios looked frustrated at times during the match, but Nadal, keeping his head cool, won his first China Open since 2005 and the sixth title this season, following Monte Carlo, the Barcelona Open, the Madrid Open, the French Open and the US Open.

The in-form Australian won 6-3 7-5 to set up a showdown with world No.1 Rafael Nadal in tonight's decider, starting 8pm (AEST), aiming for a third career win over the Spanish great.

Goffin has now moved into the final automatic qualification spot for next month's ATP finals in London.

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

The Australian No.1 will get another opportunity to pick up precious rankings points at this week's Shanghai Masters, where he will open against American Steve Johnson.

'Thanks to all my team for supporting me, it's great to have a great team behind me during the whole season.

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




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

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

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.

"An absolute joke", he said.

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. First time in Beijing and to make the final is pretty good.

"He played well. I played awful".

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