Novak Djokovic may have lost his No. 1 world ranking to Rafael Nadal, but achieved a consolation prize by defeating Nadal, 6-3, 6-4 in the finals of the China Open.
Nadal just needed to reach the finals of the China Open in Beijing to climb atop of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since giving up the No. 1 spot to Djokovic back in July of 2011. Djokovic handed Nadal his first loss on the hard courts this year & his fourth match loss since returning to competitive action in February. Nadal holds a 65-4 record this year, winning over 94% of his matches.
Djokovic was in good spirits after defeating Nadal quoting, “I needed this win today. I really wanted to get my hands on the trophy & win against Nadal who has been the best player so far in 2013.” Djokovic, who credit his masterful serve, has yet to lose a match in Beijing (19-0).
Both players will take the court this week at the Shanghai Rolex Masters Tournament which is a 1000 ATP Masters event held in Shanghai, China. Djokovic won the 2012 Shanghai title, therefore will have to defend his 1000 points.
Nadal is looking to claim his 27th career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy and his first title in Shanghai. Nadal reached the Shanghai finals in 2009, losing to Nikolay Davydenko 7-6, 6-3.