Rafael Nadal returns to world number one as Tomas Berdych retires in China Open semifinal

Rafael Nadal, who improved to 27-0 on hard courts this season, will return to the top ranking for the first time since July 2011. Novak Djokovic has been No. 1 for 101 weeks.

updated: October 05, 2013 12:47 IST
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Beijing: Rafael Nadal topples Novak Djokovic, returns to world no. 1Rafael Nadal will return to number one in the world rankings after his semi-final opponent Tomas Berdych retired injured at the China Open Saturday, capping an astonishing comeback for the 13-time Grand Slam champion.

The Spanish world number two only needed to make the final in Beijing to edge ahead of Novak Djokovic in the new rankings, which will be announced by the ATP on Monday.

Nadal, who last topped the rankings in July 2011, has enjoyed a remarkable season, returning from injury to dominate the hardcourt tournaments.

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