Wednesday 21 February 2018

Rafael Nadal thrashes Nick Kyrgios in China Open final to claim sixth title of the season

Rafael Nadal of Spain competes during the Men's singles final match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia on day nine of 2017 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre on October 8, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal of Spain competes during the Men's singles final match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia on day nine of 2017 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre on October 8, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

World number one Rafael Nadal demolished Nick Kyrgios to win his sixth title of the season at the China Open.

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.

It was another Jekyll and Hyde performance from the unpredictable Kyrgios, who battled bravely to fend off five break points in his opening service game.

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 duly clinched his second break to take the first set, and despite a spirited response from Kyrgios who forced break points in the third game of the second, there was no stopping the 31-year-old.

In Tokyo, David Goffin captured his second ATP title in a week at the Japan Open.

The Belgian fourth seed, fresh from his victory at the Shenzhen Open, beat Adrian Mannarino of France 6-3 7-5 in an hour and 24 minutes.

Goffin has now moved into the final automatic qualification spot for next month's ATP finals in London.

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