Nadal moved to within two titles of tying John McEnroe for fourth on the Open Era list.
The 15th-ranked Garcia, who lost to Halep the two previous times they played, won her second consecutive WTA title. 1 Simona Halep 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the women's event.
"She played wonderful tennis", Halep said of Garcia. "I have been there couple of times, semifinals and final". "The past year that I had the trophy with me was in 2005..."
The 22-year-old then collected a penalty point and he continued to rant as he trudged back to his chair, initially to whistles from the crowd and then cheers to encourage him.
The reigning US Open champion started the tournament on a patchy note as he was pushed to the limits by Lucas Pouille.
Petchey said: "Rafael Nadal, to be fair, has handled what's going on pretty well but there was a strong look up to Mohamed Lehyani at the end of the last game". When I saw the draw at the beginning of the tournament, I knew that it will be very, very hard to have good chances here.
"For the first time, I feel like there is a reason for me to be doing what I'm doing".
"I don't reckon there can be anything better in life than giving kids a chance when they otherwise wouldn't have had one", he wrote.
Troubled Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios says he has finally found a objective in life and will build a facility for disadvantaged kids after being struck by the death of a young boy from cancer. "Had some good wins". It's tough to find positives when you won (just) three games in the final. "In the semi-final I played well, obviously beating Alex [Zverev]".
Roger Federer admitted he was surprised to even see Rafael Nadal competing at the China Open, never mind winning in Beijing, as he expected the world No. 1 to give himself some extra rest. The win puts the Belgian at No. 8 in the race to qualify for the ATP World Tour finals in London.
"But I mean, that didn't really matter today".
"I just know the feeling: the first three days are absolutely bad I think for everybody". So I'm very happy.