Relishing Sunday's clash with Nadal, the Spanish 16-time Grand Slam champion, Kyrgios added: "He's one of the greatest players of all time and we've played a couple of times - he's beaten me and I've beaten him (this year)".
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Kyrgios was involved in several exchanges with chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani as he gradually fell out of matters.
Garcia's feat was all the more remarkable because she was carrying a leg injury that has required frequent on-court treatment and completed a mammoth three-set quarter-final win well past midnight on Friday evening.
"I was playing very high intensity the whole match, changing the directions and not making many mistakes", Nadal said. His last title on the tour came in Tokyo a year ago. It is completely different. I tell you one, only one. "The feeling is probably better this year".
The victory marks the first time since 2013 that Nadal has won at least six titles in a year and puts him ahead of Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev, who have both won five each this season.
Nadal popped his out of sight inside the winner's cup, but Kyrgios was forced to hang on to the green toy as well as his second place shield during the remainder of the presentation ceremony. I played some great tennis. I just didn't think it was fair, the first game in the match, break point. He is always very tough opponent to play against.
"Of course it's the best moment in my life, and I want just to keep it", Halep said in Beijing.
It means he'll spend a few days in Canberra catching up with family and friends before jetting to Melbourne to turn his dream into a reality.
Despite losing, Kyrgios will climb to 15th in the ATP Race to next month's World Tour Finals in London.
Sky Sports Tennis will have all the action from the ATP Shanghai Masters before the action heads to Paris.
The 22-year-old Australian stunned the German starlet in a high-quality semi-final on Beijing's outside hard courts to tee up a mouthwatering showdown with world number one Nadal.