Beijing Open | Nadal keeps his cool for victory
Rafa Nadal won the China Open in Beijing for the second time having previously lifted the trophy back in 2005. It was his sixth title of the year and 75th ATP tournament win of his career.
He defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-2 6-1 in what proved to be a one-sided affair with the Aussie losing his way after the first game when he lost a break point opportunity and became embroiled in an argument with the umpire.
I was playing very high intensity the whole match, changing the directions and not making many mistakes Rafa Nadal
He was unable to shake that off and continued to ‘discuss’ the matter with the chair earning himself a warning and then a penalty point at the start of the eighth game.
Trying to explain his performance, Kyrgios commented: “I don’t know, I just got super frustrated. I mean, I obviously didn’t react professionally. Obviously that’s why I got a warning.
“But I mean, that didn’t really matter today. He played well, I played terrible.”
Kyrgios struggled with his serve to start the match and never found his range despite striking some superlative winners.
In contrast, Nadal always looked in charge and saved all four break points he faced.
“I was playing very high intensity the whole match, changing the directions and not making many mistakes,” Nadal said.
On Kyrgios tantrums, Nadal hopes he will fulfil his potential one day. “I have lot of respect for Nick, he’s one of the players with more talent on the tour,” he said.
“The feeling is if he really wants to play and wants to work, he is one of the players that have more talent to achieve a lot of things in this sport.”
Meanwhile in Tokyo, David Goffin collected the Japan Open title as he beat the unseeded Adrian Mannarino 6-3 7-5 for his fourth career title and his second in as many weeks following his Shenzhen Open success.
“It’s a really special trophy for me, as I won the tournament last week and now have again today,” Goffin said after the match. “It’s a special feeling at a tournament I like. I have a lot of happy memories in Tokyo. It’s difficult to describe my feelings.”
The win also moves him closer to an appearance at the year-end O2 Masters.
The in-form Goffin — now unbeaten in his last nine matches — will be hoping for further success as he returns to China for the Shanghai Masters.
“It’s important for me to stay fresh physically and mentally with potentially the [Nitto] ATP Finals ahead and then playing for Belgium in the Davis Cup final,” the Belgian added.
“I am ready to fight and I want to keep winning.”