Rafael Nadal and Caroline Garcia Claim China Open Singles Titles


World No. 1 Rafael Nadal won his sixth title of another remarkable year as he punished a disgruntled Nick Kyrgios at the China Open yesterday.

The 22-year-old should be high on confidence after beating the promising German, who has won as many titles (4) as Nadal and Roger Federer so far in the ongoing season.

'Like, I mean, I lost a tennis match, man.

It's also his 75th career crown, moving to within two titles of John McEnroe for fourth on the Open Era list.

The Frenchwoman became the first to complete the Wuhan and Beijing double and is now on track to qualify for the season-ending WTA finals, as her win took her past Briton Johanna Konta to number eight in the Race to Singapore rankings. Garcia said afterwards, asked what was in her mind when she slumped to her knees.

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By the time he reached the final, he had sent down 46 aces, taking his total donation to $2300. The Spaniard's victory marks the 12th time a player has won an ATP World Tour title after saving match point (s) this year.

The reigning US Open champion started the tournament on a patchy note as he was pushed to the limits by Lucas Pouille.

"In 2005, I never will believe that I will keep playing tennis in 2017", Nadal said.

The combustible but talented 22-year-old has admitted to not being dedicated enough during his roller-coaster career and Sky Sports analyst Croft feels "he is so hard to fathom as a player".

"Very long games at the beginning and a good level of tennis", Nadal added. But I was lucky the first day saving the two match points.

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The Australian, who displayed his best in dumping out 20-year-old rising star Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals, said Nadal had "destroyed" him and admitted he had failed to react professionally. "Had some good wins".

"Of course, it is a very important achievement for me to continue with the positive feelings after winning the US Open".

China Open semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov said Saturday he suffered a headache and cough during several "terrible" days in notoriously polluted Beijing.

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

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