Rafael Nadal targets top spot

Rafael Nadal in action against Novak Djokovic during the US Open men's singles final on September 9, 2013
Rafael Nadal says that he is hoping to steal the world number one spot from Novak Djokovic at the China Open.

Rafael Nadal has expressed his desire to claim the world number one slot from Novak Djokovic.

Both players are in action in the China Open next week and a good tournament for the Spaniard could see him move to the top of the pile.

"It will be very tough to become number one," Nadal told reporters. "But if I am still playing the same way I did the last couple of months, I hope to have my chance here or in the next few weeks."

Nadal has not topped the world rankings since 2011. Djokovic is the tournament's defending champion and will face Lukas Rosol in his first match.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the US Open
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4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
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13Belgium David Goffin2,560
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