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Novak Djokovic Beats Rafael Nadal China Open Final (PICTURES)

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BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 06: Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with his trophy during the medal ceremony after winning the Men's Single Final of the China Open at the China National Tennis Center on October 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) | Getty

Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in straight sets to retain his China Open crown and his world number one berth.

The Serb, who has now triumphed four times in Beijing, won 6-3 6-4 in 87 minutes as Nadal suffered just his fourth defeat of the year.

Djokovic's celebrations were muted despite his fourth career title in 2013, a month on from his second consecutive grand slam final loss at the US Open.

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Nadal has nine titles in comparison and despite his shock day one Wimbledon loss to Steve Darcis won at Roland Garros and Flushing Meadows.

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