Nadal Wins China Open Title; Goffin Captures Japan Open Crown

published: Oct, 08, 2017

by: Nima Naderi

China Open—Beijing, China

Top seed Rafa Nadal cemented himself as the No. 1 ranked player in the world on Sunday, upending No. 8 seed Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 6-1 in the China Open title match. In a contest that saw Nadal dominate from start to finish, the top seed won 70 percent of his first serve points and broke his Australian opponent on four occasions. Never losing his own delivery, Nadal improved to 3-2 against Kyrgios in lifetime meetings and also won his sixth title of 2017. Winning 500 points for his efforts, Nadal will likely end the year as the No. 1 ranked player ahead of Roger Federer.

Kyrgios, who was in search of his fourth career title, fell to 0-2 in title matches this season.


Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2017—Tokyo, Japan

No. 4 seed David Goffin won his second title in as many weeks on the ATP World Tour on Sunday, defeating Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 7-5 in Tokyo, Japan. Winning 80 percent of his first serve points and 71 percent of his second serve points, Goffin broke serve on three occasions and lost his serve once. Improving to 3-0 against Mannarino in their career head-to-head, Goffin also notched his fourth career title.

Mannarino, who was hopeful of his maiden career title, fell to 0-4 in championship matches. The Frenchman had defeated top seed Marin Cilic in the semifinals.

Nima Naderi

Founder and Creative Director of He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the,, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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