Nadal outlasts Dimitrov to reach Beijing final

Watch as Rafael Nadal greets the smiling ball kids of the 2017 China Open in Beijing. Video China Open

The 31-year-old Spaniard, enjoying a late-career flourish and chasing a sixth title this season, beat off the Bulgarian third seed 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in their semi-final on Beijing's outside hard courts. Every title later in your career is more special than when you were younger.

"For me this is a very important victory".

"I was lucky the first day saving the two match points but after that I think I played one of my best events of the year".

In 2005 I never will believe that I will keep playing tennis in 2017", Nadal said after the match, "the feeling is probably better this year.

"I had very tough draw here", Nadal, who saved match points in his opening round against Frenchman Lucas Pouille, said.

"I'm very happy", said Kyrgios who has now won 9 of his last 11 matches.

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Nadal is now 2,370 points in front of Roger Federer, and he is confidently preserving the safe distance between him and his big rival. Despite the loss, Kyrgios moved to 15th spot in the Emirates ATP Race To London, staying in the hunt for a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals.

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.

Kyrgios won the pair's most recent encounter 6-2, 7-5 at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati. He's got a massive future ahead of him, but I played really well tonight and knew what my game plan was going to be.

In the Tokyo final, Adrian Mannarino will meet David Goffin. He's in great form.

"I guess I put in a pretty good week, had some good wins.In the semifinal I played well, obviously beating Alex. It's great to have a team like this behind me during a great season". It's tough to find positives when you won three games in the final.

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