Djokovic almost made it look easy with a 6-3, 6-4 victory, although he admitted that Nadal, who won titles at the
"I needed this win today," said Djokovic, who had been ranked No. 1 for the last 101 weeks. "I really wanted to get my hands on the trophy and win against Nadal, who has been the best player so far in 2013."
Djokovic, who won his only Grand Slam event this year with a third consecutive title at the
Although Nadal is 65-3 this year with 10 tournament victories, Djokovic has proved nearly unbeatable in Beijing with four titles the last five years.
"Center Court is exceptional," Djokovic said of playing in the China Open. "I enjoy it, and I try to cherish every moment that I spend here. And the results are showing how much I really enjoy being here and enjoy playing in this tournament."