Like, I mean, I lost a tennis match, man. Now riding a 12-match win streak, it's Nadal's first title in the post-US Open portion of the season since winning Tokyo in 2010, where he also saved match point en route to the title.
Croft added how Nadal's playing style compared to Roger Federer might have burdened the latter half of his career but through hard work, the 31-year-old is still flourishing with many years left in the sport.
Garcia was broken in the first game of the final but recovered to claim a 6-4, 7-6 win and secure her second consecutive crown following her recent triumph at the Wuhan Open.
Kyrgios was back in the spotlight after he capitulated 6-2, 6-1 to the Spanish world number one in Beijing on Sunday, during which he swore, argued with the umpire and was docked a point.
The Australian, who displayed his best in dumping out 20-year-old rising star Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals, said Nadal had "destroyed" him and admitted he had failed to react professionally.
"Federer was playing such up-tempo, serve-volley, short-point type of tennis and I wondered if we'd ever see a place for the type of tennis Nadal played throughout his career", Croft explained.
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.
"I was like, seriously, this really happened?"
With rain teeming down outside ahead of what turned out to be a cracker, a leak in the Diamond Court stadium roof had threatened to dampen proceedings.
"I guess I put in a pretty good week, had some good wins.In the semifinal I played well, obviously beating Alex".
But that was soon fixed and there was little between the two players until Garcia broke Halep in the 10th game to grab the first set.