China Open: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep reach summit

Rafael Nadal

Nadal, the world number one, headed into the last-four round after making light work of big-serving American, John Isner, in straight sets (6-5, 7-6 (0)) in the quarter-final on Friday.

The in-form Canberran prevailed 6-3 7-5 to set up a clash with world No.1 Rafael Nadal in Sunday's decider.

However Nadal - a champion in Beijing 12 years ago - ultimately got back on track to win an absorbing encounter 6-3 4-6 6-1.

Halep moved into the final four with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Russia's unseeded Daria Kasatkina, while Ostapenko, who beat Halep in three sets at Roland Garros in June, defeated Romania's Sorana Cirstea 6-4 6-4.

Nadal took immediate control of the third set, racing to a 4-0 lead.

"When I have been in that position (injured), I don't remember the people talking that much about these things", Nadal said after defeating the 26-year-old Dimitrov in their semi-final.

An omnious warning of intent was sent by Rafael Nadal (31), as the 16-time Grand Slam victor and the Spanish world number one, bulldozed his way into the quarter-finals of the China Open on Thursday. I'm happy for him that he's having a good year.

They were the only break points he managed in the set, but Nadal earned just one and failed to capitalise as the pair remained all square.

"He probably didn't play his best today, but I thought I really served well and didn't give him much rhythm", said Kyrgios, who is going after his fourth ATP title, but first this year.

"It's an important victory for me, of course, against a player that arrived here playing so well, winning two great matches". So many times I was close or a couple of times I was cramping. "I think it was just a hair or something, a hair from the tennis ball". "We go on court and we try our best and we want to win".

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