Nadal reaches China Open tennis final

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Another chance tomorrow to compete in a big match. That's important for me.

"In terms of what Nadal achieved through the course of the year, his career has been phenomenal through the course of 2017", Croft said.

Dimitrov had a tricky opener as he was drawn to face the in-form Damir Dzumhur in the first round, with the Bosnian rattling off 25 wins in his last 31 matches. 'But I think I was playing great.

Nadal hit a delicate backhand lob over the American, with the ball satisfyingly dropping just inside the baseline. Again, I'm just pleased the way that I fight and I stay positive.

The youngsters locked horns in the second semi-final of the day and it was Kyrgios who prevailed, the mercurial Aussie securing a 6-3 7-5 victory. Last October, Kyrgios was accused of "tanking" a match against Germany's Mischa Zverev which led to the ATP slapping an eight-week ban on the Aussie.

"In general terms, I think I played with not many mistakes". "We go on court and we try our best and we want to win". "Maybe I still do have energy to play", she said. "I'm excited. Whatever happens will happen".

Halep could have reached the number one ranking earlier this year but was upset in the French Open final by Ostapenko in their first career meeting.

The 22-year-old should be high on confidence after beating the promising German, who has won as many titles (4) as Nadal and Roger Federer so far in the ongoing season.

Nadal and Kyrgios are 2-2 in their series.

While the head-to-head count is 2-2, Nadal has yet to defeat Kyrgios on any surface other than clay.

In Toyko at the Japan Open, David Goffin will play France's Adrian Mannarino in Sunday's final after both men came through their semi-finals on Saturday.