Nadal defeated Nick Kyrgios on Sunday (8 October) to emerge victorious in Beijing for the first time since 2005, bagging his sixth title of the year in the process.
The 31-year-old was given a tough fight early on but Kyrgios's challenge faded after he lost his temper and was docked a penalty point at 2-5 in the first set.
"I think he's close to his best level - if not he's even improved", Croft said, as quoted in Express.
The Spaniard won his 75th career ATP crown and his 12th straight match in style, downing the Aussie 6-2 6-1 in brutal fashion.
'I'm very happy for the title.
"My game plan today was I was going to play big and not let him dictate at all, and that's what happened". "He's one of the players with more talent on the tour".
"Of course, it is a very important achievement for me to continue with the positive feelings after winning the US Open".
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World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza and reigning champion Agnieszka Radwanska are both out, leaving world No. 2 Halep as the favourite. The other side of the draw will see Czech Petra Kvitova take on either Ukraine's Elina Svitolina or France's Caroline Garcia .
After losing the first set 6-2, Kyrgios performed impatiently on the court.
Kyrgios was incensed in the opening game when a line call went against him on break point.
"I'm playing for them now".
"She played unbelievable tennis", Halep said of Garcia.
She hit 17 winners and saved nine break points in the second set to move into the eighth and final qualifying spot for coming Singapore tournament.
In reaching his ninth final of the year, Kyrgios registered his third victory in four encounters with the 20-year-old German Zverev.
But he believes he has finally found his inspiration, something he says is "from me and my family".
Nadal, victor of the French Open and U.S. Open titles this year, has won six tournaments in a season for the first time since 2013 and strengthens his position at the top of the rankings ahead of Roger Federer.
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