China Open semi-final latest

China Open semi-final latest

China Open semi-final latest

The world No 1 proved too strong for the Australian, who had won nine of his previous 11 matches, winning 6-2 6-1 to secure his second Beijing title after his first victory in 2005. That's very hard. Then, of course, he has great hands and a fantastic serve. We're 2-2 and he's going to want some revenge from the last time we played.

Nadal 1-0 Dimitrov*: The roof is shut in China because it's pretty wet out there so the applause for Nadal's first victor echoes around the stadium. I played very well during the whole event here, so let's see if I am able to hold that high level there in Shanghai.

Nadal has one of the best defence in tennis right now, but he needs to be wary of Kyrgios' big-serving ability.

He has made no bones about not taking tennis seriously enough, and on Monday said it was down to feeling like he had no real goal in life. In the semi-final I played well, obviously beating Alex, it's a typical type of week for me: "Beat a player well, then pretty much no-show".

Kyrgios, the world number 19, who never shies away from a challenge has said he is excited about facing Nadal, who according to him, will eye revenge on Sunday.

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Writing for the playersvoice.com.au website, Kyrgios also called the final "a disappointing end to an otherwise good week". In that 2014 fourth-round encounter at Wimbledon, the then 144th-ranked Kyrgios emerged a four-set victor.

Victory in Beijing gives Nadal his 75th career crown, moving to within two titles of John McEnroe for fourth on the Open Era list. He won his first in his Beijing debut in 2005.

Relishing Sunday's clash with Nadal, the Spanish 16-time Grand Slam champion, Kyrgios added: "He's one of the greatest players of all time and we've played a couple of times - he's beaten me and I've beaten him (this year)".

It was the third time in four meetings this season that Kyrgios has come out on top.

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