Nadal demolishes Kyrgios to win China Open

Rafael Nadal stays top in unchanged ATP rankingsMore

Nadal saved four break points and capitalized on Kyrgios' 35 unforced errors to clinch the victory in one hour and 22 minutes and improve to 3-2 against the Australian. Every title later in your career is more special than when you were younger. To be back here and be in the final with that very tough draw I had is a great effort.

"I was lucky the first day saving the two match points but after that I think I played one of my best events of the year".

Afterwards, the 16-time Grand Slam victor, who added the French Open and US Open to his tally in 2017, said: "In 2005 when I won here I never thought that in 2017 I would still be playing tennis!".

Now riding a 12-match win streak, it's Nadal's first title in the post-US Open portion of the season since winning Tokyo in 2010, where he also saved match point en route to the title.

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"It is an important title for me", said Nadal.

"I was playing very high intensity the whole match, changing the directions and not making many mistakes", Nadal said. Despite the loss, Kyrgios moved to 15th spot in the Emirates ATP Race To London, staying in the hunt for a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals.

Now up to 2,360 points over Swiss maestro Roger Federer, Nadal has put himself in prime position to cap his 2017 campaign in No. 1 fashion. He's got a massive future ahead of him, but I played really well tonight and knew what my game plan was going to be.

Fourth seed #David Goffin bagged the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2017 crown after beating Adrian Mannarino, 6-3, 7-5, in Sunday's final with Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako among the spectators. He's in great form. "He just destroyed me today, so it was too good", said Kyrgios after the event not mentioning his behavior. It's tough to find positives when you won (just) three games in the final. "But I guess there were positives".

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