Rafael Nadal continues dominance, maintains top position in ATP ranking

Rafael Nadal continues dominance, maintains top position in ATP ranking

Rafael Nadal continues dominance, maintains top position in ATP ranking

Caroline Garcia upset new world number one Simona Halep in the women's final as Rafael Nadal clinched the men's title with a dominant victory over Nick Kyrgios at the China Open in Beijing.

Australian Kyrgios began well but lost his way after he became frustrated by a line call in the first set in Beijing.

Nadal, 31, secured the opening set thanks to two breaks of serve before racing through the second set against an out of sorts Kyrgios who struggled to cope with the greater consistency from Nadal's racket.

Nadal extended his winning streak to 12 after easing past Kyrgios 6-2, 6-1 in what turned out to be a one-sided summit clash in Beijing on Sunday. "And if I'm angry, I'm not going to win the match".

"He has to look back and think "what a great decision it was to take time off at the end of previous year and fully recover the body".

"Finally I won this event again", said Nadal after his comprehensive win.

"The key was definitely to be aggressive and try to dominate the rallies - my serve was really an important thing because she's a very good returner".

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Kyrgios offered Nadal eight break points in the first set with Nadal taking two service breaks.

The 22-year-old Australian was upset with a call in the first game and appeared unable to let it go after that, earning a warning and then a penalty point.

He has made no bones about not taking tennis seriously enough, and on Monday said it was down to feeling like he had no real objective in life.

The mercurial Kyrgios is known as much for his volatile temper as his prodigious talent.

In reaching his ninth final of the year, Kyrgios registered his third victory in four encounters with the 20-year-old German Zverev.

Nadal, victor of the French Open and U.S. Open titles this year, has won six tournaments in a season for the first time since 2013 and strengthens his position at the top of the rankings ahead of Roger Federer.

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