After dodging two match points against Lucas Pouille in the first round of the China Open, Nadal displayed devastating form (arguably his best off clay since the 2014 Australian Open) the rest of the week, culminating with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Nick Kyrgios in the final.
Insisting that Kyrgios has great hands and a fantastic serve, the 31-year-old said that the world number 20 possesses everything possible to compete in major events of the year.
Nick Kyrgios believes he has found his life's goal in helping underprivileged children and he is planning to set up a facility for them in Melbourne.
Nadal was well in control by then and he raced into a 5-0 lead in the second set before Kyrgios slightly delayed the inevitable as the Spaniard sauntered to his 12th consecutive win. In the semi-final I played well, obviously beating Alex, it's a typical type of week for me: "Beat a player well, then pretty much no-show".More news: Protest Uganda draw - Gyan to GFA
"My game plan today was I was going to play big and not let him dictate at all, and that's what happened".
"I had very tough draw here".
"I have lot of respect for Nick, he's one of the players with more talent on the tour", Nadal, considered one of the best players ever, said.
Kyrgios was incensed in the opening game when a line call went against him on break point.
"He played well. I played bad".More news: Dolphins try to find offensive footing against beleaguered Titans defense
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.
He has made no bones about not taking tennis seriously enough, and on Monday said it was down to feeling like he had no real objective in life.
It was the third time in four meetings this season that Kyrgios has come out on top. I think I've found my goal in the last couple of months.
'In 2005 when I won here, I never thought in 2017 I would still be playing here so I'm very happy to be here again, ' he said after the match.More news: Last-gasp Skrtel own gives Scotland hope