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

Simona Halep of Romania celebrates defeating Jelena Ostapenko of Lativa to secure her world number one ranking after the women's singles semi-final match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing China Saturday Oct. 7 2017. P

In his post-match press conference after his loss to Rafael Nadal in the China Open final on Sunday, the Australian player made a remarkable statement. But I was lucky the first day saving that two match points. "Of course, some moments was a little bit odd for me, something a little bit unusual", Nadal said.

Top-ranked Nadal, who was tied with Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev at five titles this season, picked up his 75th career singles trophy with the win in Beijing.

"It was such an fantastic two weeks and it went so fast", the 23-year-old, who reached the quarter-finals of the French Open earlier this year, said. The wildcard entries beat the second seeds 6-4 7-6 (7-1) for their first ATP World Tour team title.

He received criticism about the way he played in the final as he lost it 6-2, 6-1, but the 23-year-old stated, 'I don't really care.

Unseeded French player Garcia continued her superb run of form of late as she comfortably overcame Halep, the Romanian who will be confirmed as the world number one for the first time tomorrow, in straight sets at the Olympic Green Tennis Center. "It's tough to find positives when you won three games in the final".

Halep's best opportunity to rebound against Garcia ended when she failed to make good on any of the nine break points she had at 3-3 in the second set.

With rain teeming down outside ahead of what turned out to be a cracker, a leak in the Diamond Court stadium roof had threatened to dampen proceedings. "I have been there couple of times, semifinals and final".

Garcia was 0-40 down on her own serve until dragging it to 40-40 and then saving half a dozen break points before somehow winning the game to go 4-3 up.