Rafael Nadal favourite to win the China Open final in Beijing

Jay Jacobs
October 10, 2017

Nadal added that he hopes the temperamental Kyrgios, ranked 19 in the world, will one day fulfil his potential.

And from 2-2 in the opening set, Kyrgios fell apart with Nadal winning four games in a row - made easier when Mohamed Lahyani handed a point penalty to Kyrgios during the change of ends at 2-5.

'Finally I won this event again - it's a very important victory.

Nadal has one of the best defence in tennis right now, but he needs to be wary of Kyrgios' big-serving ability.

Kyrgios, who had been pursuing a fourth ATP singles title, displayed honest self-appraisal when he said his heavy defeat to Nadal was "typical".

For Halep, the loss was particularly disappointing as she was unable to back up her guaranteed debut in the No. 1 ranking on Monday.

9am: So we are expecting Nadal and Dimitrov on court no earlier than 9.30am but we could start later than that - especially if French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko digs her heels in.

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France are assured of at least a playoff place, with the best eight second-placed teams going through to the two-legged playoffs. In Group H, Greece moved above Bosnia and Herzegovina into second place by rallying to defeat Cyprus 2-1.

The Frenchman, who was a set down before going on to win 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 6-0, is now 7/4 for his first ATP Tour title with Sky Bet.

The duo raced into the tie break, but Garcia now had the momentum and she held her nerve to make it a Wuhan-Beijing double. This is the second time she's won a career-best 11 straight matches.

But that was soon fixed and there was little between the two players until Garcia broke Halep in the 10th game to grab the first set. "It went so fast".

Nadal 1-0 Dimitrov*: The roof is shut in China because it's pretty wet out there so the applause for Nadal's first victor echoes around the stadium. In that 2014 fourth-round encounter at Wimbledon, the then 144th-ranked Kyrgios emerged a four-set victor.

Top seed Rafael Nadal takes on eighth seed Nick Kyrgios in the final of China Open 2017 at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing on Sunday, October 8.

Nadal leads Kyrgios 3-2 in career meetings, and 2-1 this season.

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