Cancer victim gives Nick Kyrgios a 'higher purpose'

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Kyrgios was on the wrong end of an unfavourable line call in the opening game of his clash with Nadal and crashed to defeat in 92 minutes in the China Open final.

After dodging two match points against Lucas Pouille in the first round of the China Open, Nadal displayed devastating form (arguably his best off clay since the 2014 Australian Open) the rest of the week, culminating with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Nick Kyrgios in the final.

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.

Nick Kyrgios says he's found his goal.

The world number one was a 6-3 4-6 6-1 victor as he booked his place in a 110th career final.

"It felt like the game was moving towards a more aggressive type of play but it shows [the] hard work he's put in, the fitness he's worked on, my goodness there's still a massive place for him".

"The key was definitely to be aggressive and try to dominate the rallies - my serve was really an important thing because she's a very good returner".

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Top-ranked Nadal, who was tied with Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev at five titles this season, picked up his 75th career singles trophy with the win in Beijing.

Kyrgios offered Nadal eight break points in the first set with Nadal taking two service breaks.

The 26-year-old Halep had the superior mobility - Garcia had her right thigh strapped - but the French player was making the better shots.

She hit 17 winners and saved nine break points in the second set to move into the eighth and final qualifying spot for coming Singapore tournament.

Nadal leads Kyrgios 3-2 in career meetings, and 2-1 this season. "In the semi-final I played well, obviously beating Alex (Zverev)".

Despite Kyrgios' meltdown, 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal has no doubts about the Australian player's talent as he said that he was baffled by some of his tactics.

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