October 6, 2013
Novak Djokovic Defeats Rafael Nadal, Wins China Open

Novak Djokovic topped Rafael Nadal in an easy 6-3, 6-4 victory to claim the 2013 China Open on Sunday. The victory at the tournament is Djokovic's fourth Beijing win in five years.

Djokovic scored four aces to Nadal's two and claimed 19 winners to Nadal's nine.

After the match Djokovic told reporters: "I needed this win today. I really wanted to get my hands on the trophy and win against Nadal who has been the best player so far in 2013."

Nadal had topped Djokovic in their last three matches, including a big win at the US Open.

This time around Djokovic credited his nearly flawless server and his ability to keep calm. After his victory he said playing doubles has helped his game.

"That's crucial to get that necessary confidence when you're playing top guys, somebody like Nadal, who loves to get into the rally, loves to be in his comfort zone and I was always trying to move him around the court and I've done pretty well," Djokovic said.

The China Open winner added: "Center Court is exceptional. I enjoy it, and I try to cherish every moment that I spend here. And the results are showing how much I really enjoy being here and enjoy playing in this tournament."

Nadal may have lost in Beijing but he's still the years biggest winner with French Open and US Open championships to call his own. Nadal has played phenomenally well since returning from seven-months away from tennis after suffering a left knee injury. Nadal over the current season has won 10 titles and reached 12 finals. His ATP Tour-best record for the season now sits at 65-3.

Nadal hasn't lost a single match since falling in the opening round at Wimbledon. That loss was a surprise as Nadal took on 135th-ranked Steve Darcis.

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