Helping underprivileged children has given Kyrgios a 'purpose' to play tennis

Rafael Nadal has advanced to the quarter-finals at China Open after beating Karen Khachanov

Rafael Nadal has advanced to the quarter-finals at China Open after beating Karen Khachanov

The 22-year-old, who has now won nine of his last 11 matches, has dropped just one set in Beijing where he will look to repeat his quarter-final victory over Nadal in Cincinnati Open in August.

The 31-year-old, champion in 2005, now has six titles for the season, while Kyrgios - who had never met Nadal in a final - must quickly regroup to maintain his slim hopes of playing the season-ending ATP Finals.

The top-seeded Spaniard was a force from the back of the court throughout the one-hour, 32-minute encounter on Beijing's hard courts against Kyrgios, the No. 8 seed from Australia.

Kyrgios' frustrations began in the opening game of the first set when he bemoaned his fortune after a line judge incorrectly ruled a groundstroke had landed out with the Australian at break point on Nadal's serve.

Kyrgios, who was going after a fourth career title, was already on a warning from umpire Mohamed Lahyani for something he said in disputing a call in the first game of the match.

The Spaniard is now standing at the number one spot with 9,875 points and maintains a comfortable lead of 2.370 over Swiss maestro Roger Federer.

'I mean, I obviously didn't react professionally.

Nadal and Kyrgios are 2-2 in their series. He played well, I played awful.

"I guess I put in a pretty good week, had some good wins", said Kyrgios.

Despite his advancing years Nadal is enjoying a stellar season following a catalogue of injuries in previous seasons, winning five titles including the US Open and French Open.

When asked how his behaviour would be viewed, he replied: 'I don't really care.

"It is an important title for me", Nadal said after the match.

The world number 19 revealed he had a vision several years ago to create somewhere for disadvantaged and underprivileged kids to "hang out, be safe and feel like they were part of a family".

"This dream is going to become a reality".

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