Despite crushing Nick Kyrgios yesterday in the Beijing title, Rafael Nadal sang the praises of the Australian Open, calling him one of the toughest players to face on the tour, that is when he's not tanking.
Unstoppable world No.1 Rafael Nadal stormed to his sixth title of the season, 75th of career, here on Sunday, defeating Nick Kyrgios of Australia 6-2, 6-1 in the final of the China Open. A great classic for Kyrgios, what...
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.
Unseeded Garcia of France won her second title in as many weeks as she stunned new world number one Simona Halep in a closely fought final.
Really, we're going to talk about it?' Asked if he was going to play the Shanghai Masters next, Kyrgios replied: 'Yeah, I'm leaving at I think 8:00 tomorrow. When you play against him, looks that he has time for everything.
"I had very tough draw here".
After losing the first set 6-2, Kyrgios performed impatiently on the court.
World number 19 Kyrgios matched Nadal early on, winning his opening two service games but became involved in a debate with umpire Mohamed Lahyani over a close line call against him.
"I guess I put in a pretty good week, had some good wins.In the semifinal I played well, obviously beating Alex".
Goffin has now moved into the final automatic qualification spot for next month's ATP finals in London.
In reaching his ninth final of the year, Kyrgios registered his third victory in four encounters with the 20-year-old German Zverev. "People will have their own opinions on how the final went down but, for the most part, I was satisfied with the week and happy to qualify for my second final of 2017".
Despite Kyrgios' meltdown, 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal has no doubts about the Australian player's talent as he said that he was baffled by some of his tactics.