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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    Novak Djokovic (C) of Serbia kisses the trophy following his win against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles final match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. Djokovic won 6:3, 6:4. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the trophy following his win against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles final match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the winners trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles finals match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. Djokovic went on to win 6-2, 6-4. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures following his win against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles final match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 06: Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Rafael Nadal of Spain pose with their trophies during the medal ceremony after the Men's Single Final of the China Open at the China National Tennis Center on October 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    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 Feng Li/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    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 Feng Li/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    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 Feng Li/Getty Images)

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    Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their men's singles final match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. After three games Djokovic was leading 3:0. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rafael Nadal of Spain pauses between serves to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their men's singles final match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. Djokovic was leading 6:3. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles final match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. Djokovic was was leading 5:2. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their men's singles final match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. After three games Djokovic was leading 3:0. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their men's singles final match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. Djokovic was leading 6:3. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles final match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. Djokovic was was leading 5:2. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles final match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. Djokovic was leading 6:3, 2:1. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures following his win against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles final match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 06: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point against Rafael Nadal of Spain during the final of the 2013 China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    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)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 06: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point against Rafael Nadal of Spain during the final of the 2013 China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 06: Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses for photographers after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain during the final of the 2013 China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 06: Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses for photographers after defeating Rafael Nada of Spainl during the final of the 2013 China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 6, 2013 in Beijing, China.(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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    Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the winners trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles finals match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. Djokovic went on to win 6-2, 6-4. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 06: Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Rafael Nadal of Spain pose with their trophies during the medal ceremony after the Men's Single Final of the China Open at the China National Tennis Center on October 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

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    Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the winners trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles finals match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. Djokovic went on to win 6-2, 6-4. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the winners trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles finals match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. Djokovic went on to win 6-2, 6-4. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the winners trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles finals match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2013. Djokovic went on to win 6-2, 6-4. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 06: Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses for photographers after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain during the final of the 2013 China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 06: Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses for photographers after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain during the final of the 2013 China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    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 Feng Li/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    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 Feng Li/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    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 Feng Li/Getty Images)

  • 2013 China Open - Day Nine

    BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 06: Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses for photographers after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain during the final of the 2013 China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


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