The No. 1 player in the world, Rafael Nadal continued to dominate in 2017, and he clinched one more title.
This time he won the ATP Tournament in Beijing, after destroying the Australian Nick Kyrgios, 6-2 6-1.
Nadal was tremendous right from the start, and he immediately indicated that Kyrgios has nothing to hope for in this match. The Australian also had terrible first serve with under 50% of success, and that made it much easier for the 16-time Grand Slam Champion.
“Very long games at the beginning and a good level of tennis,” Nadal added. “I think after 30 minutes we were only 2-1. Very intense everything. I played, in my opinion, a great level of tennis tonight. Of course, I think one of the best matches of the year.
The additional plus for the Spaniard was the incident caused by the Kyrgios’ hot head and temperament in the middle of the first set.
It happened after one point where Kyrgios began cursing after he hasn’t seen one ball and the trace of it. Following this, he verbally attacked the referee in chair Mohamed Lahyani. The young Australian was very vulgar, and he even received warnings, which automatically meant that next penalty would be suspension from the match.
We have to admit that there have been some mistakes which were on Kyrgios’ damage, but this kind of behavior is utterly unacceptable. Simply one tennis player cannot allow for himself to speak and act in this manner.
And to be honest, Kyrgios is far away from some high level where he has to be tolerated. The Australian is not a kid anymore, and on the other hand, his results are not giving him the right to demand anything, especially some kind of special treatment.
Once and for all, the tennis institutions should do something about his case and, prevent unpleasant scenes which he often produces.
“He played well. I played terrible. He’s in great form. He just destroyed me today, so it was too good,” said Kyrgios after the event not mentioning his behavior. “I put in a pretty good week, had some good wins. It’s tough to find positives when you won three games in the final. But I guess there were positives.”
Nadal, meanwhile, won his 75th title in career, and the first one here in Beijing since 2005 when he was still a teenager.
“It is an important title for me,” said Nadal. “The last year that I had the trophy with me was in 2005… It is completely different. I don’t even remember that one. The feeling is probably better this year. ”
He also got 500 points and increased his lead in the standings, probably securing the top spot in the ATP rankings at the end of this year.
Nadal is now 2,370 points in front of Roger Federer, and he is confidently preserving the safe distance between him and his big rival.