Novak Djokovic fires Rafael Nadal warning

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the US Open
Novak Djokovic warns Rafael Nadal that he will not give up his number one ranking without a fight.

Novak Djokovic has warned Rafael Nadal that he will not give up his world number one ranking without a fight.

The duo are in action at the China Open next week and a good tournament for the Spaniard could see him replace Djokovic at the top for the first time since 2011.

Djokovic admits that Nadal has been the best player this year after 10 title wins including the French Open and US Open.

"As long as there is a chance, I will fight for top spot," Djokovic told reporters. "No doubt he has the best results this year.

"This year he's been the best player in the world. I have been having ups and downs throughout the year, but still was quite a good season.

"I want to focus on this week's China Open because this is where I traditionally play well."

Djokovic is the tournament's defending champion and will face Lukas Rosol in his first match.

Rafael Nadal holds the championship trophy after his win over Novak Djokovic during the men's final of the US Open on September 13, 2010
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2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
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19United States John Isner2,110
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