World number one Rafael Nadal cemented his victory over opponent Nick Kyrgios with a score of 6-2 6-1 in the China Open final on Sunday, October 8. This is Nadal’s sixth title this year and the 75th singles title in his career.
Nadal faced some restraint from Kyrgios at the start of the match, but the Australian star’s challenge seemed to fade after he was docked a penalty point at the 2-5 stage of the first set.
While arguing with umpire Lahyani, Kyrgios said, “I can’t play at 100 percent if that stuff happens – and then you expect me not to be angry.” Unfortunately, Kyrgios seemed unable to release his anger which resulted in him losing the title.
By the time the penalty was awarded, Nadal was completely in control and made his way to a 5-0 lead in the second set. By then Kyrgios was attempting to recover his footing but it was already too late.
Speaking of the match, Nadal said, “I think I played one of my best events of the year.”
Commenting on Nadal’s win, Kyrgios showed no animosity, he said, “He played well. I played terrible. He’s in great form. He just destroyed me today, so it was too good,”
Kyrgios added that it was difficult to stay positive after having a good week and winning three games in the final. However, he admitted that there were certainly positives, even if the day had not gone his way.
Despite the loss of title, Kyrgios still has a chance to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.
Nadal, who won the French Open and the U.S. Open titles this year has now won six tournaments in a season for the first time since 2013. This in turn has strengthened his position in the world rankings.