Tennis: Defending the No 1 spot is 'hard', Djokovic says
BEIJING (AFP) - Novak Djokovic spoke on Saturday of the challenge he faced defending his number one ranking as he prepares to be unseated from the top spot by Rafael Nadal, his opponent in Sunday's China Open final.
The Serb is on his 101st week as the top-ranked player, but Nadal will return to number one on Monday after he made it into the final in Beijing when his semi-final opponent Tomas Berdych retired injured.
Even if current China Open champion Djokovic reclaims the title at Sunday's final, he cannot stop Nadal from being named as number one when the ATP announces its new rankings the day after.
Nadal's return to the top for the first time since July 2011 marks an astonishing comeback for the 13-time Grand Slam champion, who spent the second half of last year on the sidelines injured.