Nadal outlasts Dimitrov to reach Beijing final

Grigor Dimitrov

The world No.1 cashed in on another Kyrgios meltdown to seize his sixth title of the season with a 6-2 6-1 victory in Beijing.

The Australian seemed frustrated and spoke to the umpire before being given a point penalty for continuing to berate the officials in the final game of the first set, which he lost 6-2.

The victory also further boosts his chances of finishing the year as world No.1 for the first time since 2013.

World number 19 Kyrgios, who was looking for his first title of the year, held his opening two service games, but faded as Nadal broke twice to grab the first set. It is completely different. "The feeling is probably better this year".

Nadal, a 16-time Grand Slam victor, saved 22 of 25 break points entering Sunday's clash and would deny all four he faced against the Kyrgios, who would strike 20 winners but was unable to overcome 35 unforced errors. When I saw the draw at the beginning of the tournament, I knew that it will be very, very hard to have good chances here.

'Finally I won this event again - it's a very important victory. I played, in my opinion, a great level of tennis tonight.

'It's been a great year for me, a very emotional one, so I'm very happy for everything'.

"But today, I think my serve worked well, and I was returning a lot of balls, putting a lot of balls inside, then taking the advantage from the baseline a little bit more often than him".

Kyrgios, who lies 20th in the Race to London standings, will now face a tough challenge if he wants to compete in London with only the top eight players featuring at the O2.

Nadal also avenged his loss to Kyrgios at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati.

The 31-year-old Nadal, who remains undefeated since returning to world No. 1 on August 21, tightened his grip on the top spot in the Emirates ATP Race To London.

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