Unseeded Garcia edged Romanian Halep 6-4 7-6 (7-3) for her second successive title after victory at the Wuhan Open. His first-serve percentage mostly languished under the 50 per cent mark.
He received criticism about the way he played in the final as he lost it 6-2, 6-1, but the 23-year-old stated, 'I don't really care.
"She played incredible tennis", Halep said of Garcia.
Croft, now a pundit for Sky Sports, thinks Nadal is close to his best level after going 12 games unbeaten and credited the 15-time Grand Slam winner's decision to rest at the end of 2016 and let his body heal. "She deserved to win today".
The second set was even more competitive and the attritional seventh game turned out to be a turning point.
"I mean, I obviously didn't react professionally". This is the second time she's won a career-best 11 straight matches. "It went so fast". He saved two match points in his nervy opener against Frenchman Lucas Pouille. In that 2014 fourth-round encounter at Wimbledon, the then 144th-ranked Kyrgios emerged a four-set victor.
Nick Kyrgios claimed the scalp of the hottest prospect in tennis in Alexander Zverev on Saturday and then said he was gunning for Rafael Nadal in the China Open final. First thing, the tournament is bigger than 2005. Nadal, a 16-time Grand Slam victor, came to the Chinese capital on the back of winning his third US Open.
In reaching his ninth final of the year, Kyrgios registered his third victory in four encounters with the 20-year-old German Zverev.