ATP Tour: Rafael Nadal thrashes Nick Kyrgios in China Open final
Oct 09 2017
Nadal dug in and improbably reeled off nine straight games to lead 6-2, 5-0 before Kyrgios tallied a moral victory by preventing the first 0-6 set of his ATP career.
However, having then been angered by a line call the Australian proceeded to complain to the umpire at two changes of end, which eventually cost him a penalty point at the start of the eighth game.
Nadal, appearing in his 110th career final, maintained his dominance during the second set breaking the world No 19 twice before wrapping up the match with a comfortable service hold to extend his match winning streak to 12.
"This is a title that last time that I had the trophy with me was in 2005".
A hold in the next game ensured Kyrgios was spared that embarrassment, though at the very next opportunity, Nadal rounded off a dominant performance. When I saw the draw at the beginning of the tournament, I knew that it will be very, very hard to have good chances here.
Nadal, a 16-time Grand Slam victor, saved 22 of 25 break points entering Sunday's clash and would deny all four he faced against the Kyrgios, who would strike 20 winners but was unable to overcome 35 unforced errors. "I think after 30 minutes we were only 2-1".
"It was one month and a half ago, maybe less, that you beat me in Cincinnati so you're doing great".
'It's been a great year for me, a very emotional one, so I'm very happy for everything'.
'Finally I won this event again - it's a very important victory. "I was a little bit more aggressive and that was the key".
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