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Nadal wins 6th title of year in Beijing; Garcia beats Halep

Rafael Nadal GETTYRafael Nadal has booked his spot in the China Open final
Edmund Wade | 10 October, 2017, 00:29

Nick Kyrgios claimed the scalp of the hottest prospect in tennis in Alexander Zverev on Saturday and then said he was gunning for Rafael Nadal in the China Open final.

"The feeling is if he really wants to play and wants to work, he is one of the players that have more talent to achieve a lot of things in this sport", said Nadal, who will go immediately on next to the Shanghai Masters.

The 31-year-old, champion in 2005, now has six titles for the season, while Kyrgios - who had never met Nadal in a final - must quickly regroup to maintain his slim hopes of playing the season-ending ATP Finals.

Really, we're going to talk about it?' Asked if he was going to play the Shanghai Masters next, Kyrgios replied: 'Yeah, I'm leaving at I think 8:00 tomorrow. The wildcard entries beat the second seeds 6-4 7-6 (7-1) for their first ATP World Tour team title.

"Federer was playing such up-tempo, serve-volley, short-point type of tennis and I wondered if we'd ever see a place for the type of tennis Nadal played throughout his career", Croft explained.

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.

Garcia also won her final in straight sets.

"It was such an fantastic two weeks, it went so fast, I have the feeling I started these tournaments yesterday or two days ago".

The 15th-ranked Garcia, who lost to Halep the two previous times they played, won her second consecutive WTA title.

The second set was even more competitive and the attritional seventh game turned out to be a turning point.

The duo raced into the tie break, but Garcia now had the momentum and she held her nerve to make it a Wuhan-Beijing double.


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