Novak Djokovic fires Rafael Nadal warning

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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