Rafael Nadal scoops sixth title of 2017 with victory in China

Annabel Croft

Nadal, a 16-time Grand Slam victor, came to the Chinese capital on the back of winning his third US Open.

Nada defeated Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 Saturday in the semifinals.

The world-ranked 19 Kyrgios displayed his best side in forcing Nadal to 2-2 in the first set, but his other side soon emerged.

And the unseeded American said of playing Nadal: "You want to play against the best and see how your game stacks up". The victory also allowed him to surpass 60 wins in a season for the ninth time.

Dimitrov hit a backhand crosscourt victor to take the second set on Nadal's serve in the 10th game.

Kyrgios didn't make it onto the board in the second set until he was serving with Nadal already leading 5-0.

"It was such an wonderful two weeks and it went so fast", the 23-year-old, who reached the quarter-finals of the French Open earlier this year, said.

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Nadal will now head to Shanghai for the Shanghai Masters, which began with first round action at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena today.

"In the semi-final I played well, obviously beating Alex, it's a typical type of week for me: beat a player well, then pretty much no-show".

Halep only had to reach the final this week - and not lose to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the final - to knock Garbine Muguruza from the top spot.

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

"She played incredible tennis", Halep said of Garcia. The Romanian will be looking for her second title of the year after winning in Madrid. But Halep dominated the first set, breaking Ostapenko's serve in the first game at love. It's tough to find positives when you won (just) three games in the final. It's all I've been thinking about outside of tennis since then.

Federer also spoke about long-time rival Rafael Nadal, who stood toe-to-toe with the Swiss world number two during the course of the 2017 season, but has now gone ahead and is favourite to hold on to his number one ranking achieved on 21 August.

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