Nick Kyrgios' frustrations grow during China Open final defeat to Rafael Nadal

Nick Kyrgios' frustrations grow during China Open final defeat to Rafael Nadal

Kyrgios has proved a tricky customer in the past for Nadal, who needed three sets to see off Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals, and the Australian held a 2-2 head-to-head record with the world number one entering the Beijing showpiece.

Since then, it's been plain sailing with wins over Karen Khachanov and John Isner with his eyes firmly set on a fourth China Open final. Kyrgios, who is known for his big serves, took the attack to Zverev early in the match and decimated him 63, 7-5.

"Of course, some moments was a little bit odd for me, something a little bit unusual", Nadal said.

The Spaniard won nine games in a row on his way to a comprehensive 6-2 6-1 victory to reclaim the trophy he last won in 2005. "He's one of the players with more talent on the tour".

"He has to look back and think "what a great decision it was to take time off at the end of previous year and fully recover the body".

1 Simona Halep 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the women's event.




Nadal broke again for 4-0 lead and from there the result was never in doubt, with Kyrgios at least avoiding a second-set bagel.

Kyrgios was back in the spotlight after he capitulated 6-2, 6-1 to the Spanish world number one in Beijing on Sunday, during which he swore, argued with the umpire and was docked a point.

"It is an important title for me", said Nadal.

But in light of his latest title, the 16-time Grand Slam champion admitted he was surprised to still even be playing in Beijing, let alone ending his 12-year wait for a second title.

Now sits in 19th position in the world rankings, Kyrgios is still striving for the ATP Finals in London, which is only open to the world top eight players.

Nadal, victor of the French Open and U.S. Open titles this year, has won six tournaments in a season for the first time since 2013 and strengthens his position at the top of the rankings ahead of Roger Federer.

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