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Imperious Nadal crushes Kyrgios to claim his sixth title of season

By Staff Reporter

World number one Rafael Nadal demolished Nick Kyrgios to win his sixth title of the season at the China Open.

The Spaniard won nine games in a row on his way to a comprehensive 6-2 6-1 victory to reclaim the trophy he last won in 2005.

It was another Jekyll and Hyde performance from the unpredictable Kyrgios, who battled bravely to fend off five break points in his opening service game.

Having then been angered by a line call the Australian proceeded to complain to the umpire which eventually cost him a penalty point at the start of the eighth game.

Nadal duly clinched his second break to take the first set, and despite a spirited response from Kyrgios there was no stopping the 31-year-old.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares lost in the Japan Open doubles final to home pairing Ben Mclachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama in Tokyo. The wildcard entries beat the second seeds 6-4 7-6 (7-1) for their first ATP World Tour team title.

And France’s Caroline Garcia beat new world number one Simona Halep to win the China Open and overtake Briton Johanna Konta in the race for Singapore.

Unseeded Garcia edged Romanian Halep 6-4 7-6 (7-3) for her second successive title after victory at the Wuhan Open.

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