Novak Djokovic: 'Rafael Nadal deserving of world-number-one spot'

Novak Djokovic congratulates Rafael Nadal on returning to the top of the world rankings after beating the Spaniard 6-3 6-4 to win his fourth China open title in five years.

Novak Djokovic has insisted that Rafael Nadal warrants his return to the top of the world tennis rankings, despite comfortably beating the Spaniard for the China Open title.

Two days after being usurped as world number one, Djokovic exacted some revenge on his great rival for his US Open final defeat last month with a straight-sets victory in Beijing.

It was the Serbian's fourth triumph in five years at the what he describes as a "special" tournament, but Djokovic reserved some congratulations for Nadal's recent achievement in his post-match victory speech.

"It's definitely one of the most special places and tournaments in my career," Djokovic told reporters. "Tennis has become more and more popular over the past few years and it is brilliant to play here.

"I have to say congratulations to Rafa. He deserves definitely to be number one this season. He deserves it, no doubt, for his amazing form."

It is the first time that Nadal, who won the French Open as well as the title at Flushing Meadows in 2013, has been top of the world rankings since July 2011.

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Novak Djokovic in action against Rafael Nadal during the US Open men's singles final on September 9, 2013
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