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Kyrgios has everything to succeed: Nadal

11 October, 2017, 00:32 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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NICK Kyrgios' goal of qualifying for the season-ending ATP finals is alive after beating Alexander Zverev to reach the China Open final.

"I lost a bit of composure after a rough line call in the first game of the match and never really recovered", he said.

The world-ranked 19 Kyrgios displayed his best side in forcing Nadal to 2-2 in the first set, but his other side soon emerged.

And when he went down 30-0 on Nadal's serve at 2-2, the Australian began the first in a series of lengthy discussions with the umpire - frequently spreading his arms in despair, shaking his head and swearing at least once.

Kyrgios, who admitted last month to struggling with committing to his career since the death of her grandmother two years ago, had enjoyed a strong run of recent form which had seen the 22-year-old win nine out of his previous 11 matches prior to Sunday's final. He played well, I played bad.

Former British number one Annabel Croft believes Rafael Nadal's decision to let his body recover has paid dividends following his China Open win. "He just destroyed me today, so it was too good", Kyrgios, who struck 20 winners but 35 unforced errors, said.

"I hope to be back next year, xie xie ('thank you' in Mandarin)", he added after thanking organisers, fans, and his team.

It continues what has been a stellar year for the Spaniard as he not only won a record 10th French Open title and his third US Open title, but also returned to the top of the ATP tennis rankings for the first time since 2014.

Since then Nadal has gone on to become one of the greatest players of all time and he underlined his brilliance in swatting aside the agitated Kyrgios.

"I had a hit-up with Piotr instead of a practice session before my match at the Australian Open this year".

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