Nadal has been in sizzling form — moving to third on the all-time list of Grand Slam champions after claiming victory over Djokovic at this month’s US Open — and the Spaniard could become the World No 1 for the first time since July 2011 with a good show in Beijing.
But Djokovic has been unbeaten in three visits here, following up wins in 2009 and 2010. “As long as there is a chance, I will fight for that top spot,” he said here.
“I want to focus on the China Open because I traditionally play well here, and I’d like to have another successful week.”
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