Nadal to face Kyrgios in China final

Beth Cruz
October 8, 2017

World number one Rafael Nadal stormed into the finals of the China Open after brushing aside Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in their men's singles clash here on Saturday.

The Spaniard broke Isner's serve at 5-4 in the first set, then recovered from 15/40 in the second game of the second set before sweeping through the tie-break.

Rafael Nadal survived 22 aces from John Isner of the United States in the quarterfinals of the China Open on Friday.

Nadal is also a leader in the season with 59 wins for 68 games, aiming for the 75th title in his career.

Isner was impressive in blasting his way past Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-0, 6-3 and Nadal said: "Tomorrow will be a tough one against Isner, he's playing unbelievably well".

They were the only break points he managed in the set, but Nadal earned just one and failed to capitalise as the pair remained all square.

"My dream is true now, in that moment you can not believe 100 percent that it's happening, so I was in tears a little bit", she said.

"It's very emotional, I think it's the first time I cried on court", Halep said after the match. I was playing good at the beginning of the second and probably I had nearly match point with those two break points for 3-love. "I played very well, changing good directions, playing very focus all the time", said the 2005 China Open victor, "It is an important victory for me, against a player that arrived here so well, winning two great matches".

The Frenchman, who was a set down before going on to win 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 6-0, is now 7/4 for his first ATP Tour title with Sky Bet. So many times I was close or a couple of times I was cramping. "I don't remember a lot of mistakes".

"It is true that the calendar is tough, but at the same time it is true that Federer has 36 years, I think, I have 31, Novak 30, Andy 30, Nishikori, I don't know, 27".

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