PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Nick Kyrgios in the China Open final

Rafael Nadal secured his sixth singles title of 2017 – and 75th of his career – by beating Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 6-1 in the China Open final. The world number one took control from the start and captured his second Beijing title in 92 minutes.

Rafa clinched his second break to take the first set, and despite a spirited response from Kyrgios who forced break points in the third game of the second, there was no stopping our champ.

After the match, Rafa said:

In 2005 when I won here I never thought that in 2017 I would still be playing tennis! I’m very happy to be here and to win the title.

For me this is a very important victory. It’s great to have a team like this behind me during a great season.

Our champ will go into Shanghai as the form player after dropping just two sets  and saving two match points in the first round on his way to his second China Open title.

More to follow…


  1. Congratulations Rafa you have done soooooooooooooooo well

    and can be so proud of yourself.

    All the best for Shanghai

    Love and prayers


  2. Yay, Rafa done did us all proud.

    From almost losing in the first round, to winning the title. Super incredible! Makes me wonder what he could have done at AO 2016 if he hadn’t lost to Verdasco in R1.

    Coulda woulda shoulda.

    But today, Rafa played a beautiful match. Kyrgios lost his head, but that’s his problem.

    On to Shanghai! Congratulations Rafa!

  3. Well don Rafa anather title vamossssssssssssss Champ .🎾🎾🎾👍👍👍🇺🇸❤️🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆❤️

  4. Congratulations to Rafa, his team, and all us fans! Like all of you here, i’m so happy and proud! Another great week of tennis from Rafa. Is it possible that after climbing all the Heights in more than a decade, he is still getting better and better? By the way, Rafa returned from way behind the baseline today. It worked out magnificently!!

    • The way he played yesterday against Dimitrov is I think as good as he can be on the indoor HC. Hitting very deep, and hitting without fear. Dimitrov faced a completely different player yesterday than he faced a year ago. I am celebrating all these wins, definitely. But at the same time I can’t stop and think that a lot of years have been wasted, accepting the status quo of 2014, 2015 and 2016 and waiting three full season before bringing in the new coach, who, as it we can clearly see now, has almost from the start brought strategy, confidence and silverware.

      • He was marketed as the greatest, by himself. He actually lost quite some matches and would not stand a chance against the heavy weights of today. He was crowned the greatest after he ‘beat’ that ‘Big Bear Sonny Liston’. Who clearly was forced by the mob to throw the fight. Twice. Ali in fact was scared to death of Liston, when he met him outside of the ring once. At six feet and a quarter of an inch, Liston has a reach of 6ft7 and enormous fists. Ali was ‘made’ the greatest, not just by his own efforts.

      • Maria your comment was not needed. Rafa is the greatest (tennis player). One of the greatest athletes ever.

        Jean your follow up is in bad taste too. Not needed. And wrong too. Ali only started losing after the government stole him his prime. Heavyweights today are a joke, boxing today is a joke compared to Alis era. Frazier, Foreman thats unheard competition. Ali was crowned greatest by the people, for more than his profession. He was a living superhero. He fought the government, sacrificed his prime for his beliefs, stood up for the poor, literally saved lives. A beautiful human being just like our Rafa.

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