Rafael Nadal bags China Open title; Goffin rules Japan Open

Rafael Nadal bags China Open title; Goffin rules Japan Open

Rafael Nadal bags China Open title; Goffin rules Japan Open

The 31-year-old was given a tough fight early on but Kyrgios's challenge faded after he lost his temper and was docked a penalty point at 2-5 in the first set.

Kyrgios, who was going after a fourth career title, was already on a warning from umpire Mohamed Lahyani for something he said in disputing a call in the first game of the match.

The temperamental world number 19 continued to let the incident bother him and later received a one-point penalty for continuing to complain.

"I mean, I obviously didn't react professionally. He played well, I played bad".

'In 2005 when I won here, I never thought in 2017 I would still be playing here so I'm very happy to be here again, ' he said after the match. "It's great to have a team like this behind me during a great season".

The top-seeded Spaniard was a force from the back of the court throughout the one-hour, 32-minute encounter on Beijing's hard courts against Kyrgios, the No. 8 seed from Australia. "The a year ago that I had the trophy with me was in 2005". But I was lucky the first day saving that two match points.

Kyrgios looked frustrated at times during the match, but Nadal, keeping his head cool, won his first China Open since 2005 and the sixth title this season, following Monte Carlo, the Barcelona Open, the Madrid Open, the French Open and the US Open.

"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", said Nadal, who will go immediately on next to the Shanghai Masters. It's tough to find positives when you won (just) three games in the final.

"It was such an incredible two weeks, it went so fast, I have the feeling I started these tournaments yesterday or two days ago".

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