Nadal wins sixth title of year

Rafael Nadal and John Isner

Kyrgios, 22, displayed his best side in forcing Nadal to 2-2 in the first set, but his other side then emerged.

The first four or five games were hotly contested and of sublime quality, but Nadal's returning, which was vastly better than it was in a loss to Kyrgios this summer in Cincinnati, and clutch serving wore down Kyrgios, who also let a bad call in the first game fester in his mind.

The last time Kyrgios played a No. 1 it was also against Nadal.

Looming in Shanghai is a potential clash in the final between Federer and Nadal, whose friendly rivalry has blossomed anew this year as they force the next generation to wait their turn.

Unseeded Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia won the biggest singles title of her career with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory over soon-to-be world number one Simona Halep in the China Open final in Beijing on Sunday. "I'm excited", Kyrgios said after outclassing higher-ranked Alexander Zverev in the semi-final on Saturday.

Kyrgios has never been one to hide his true emotions during any of his games. Obviously that's why I got a warning.

Nadal, 31, the 16-time Grand Slam champion, revved up a gear against Isner to surge through the second-set tiebreak, although there was concern at one point during the set when he appeared to be suffering an eye problem.

"You've no doubt noticed that I'm not all that good at hiding the fact I'd rather be somewhere else a lot of the time", writes Kyrgios. He leads the men's tennis tour with this season with six titles. Tennis is a great life - we're well paid and the perks are pretty good - but it can feel empty if you're just doing it for the money. "I came to realise that obviously a year ago".

He saved two match points in his nervy opener against Frenchman Lucas Pouille. Who cares? Why are we focusing on that?

'Look at what happened in Vegas a couple days ago.

After speaking with his family they are now looking for locations and business partners to help make the dream a reality.

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