My health more important than No. 1 rank, says Rafael Nadal

After achieving his goal when Czech Tomas Berdych pulled out of their semi-final match injured, a philosophical Nadal said being 'healthy' gave him more satisfaction than being the best.

updated: October 05, 2013 17:18 IST
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Beijing: Rafael Nadal said on Saturday his greatest achievement was recovering from injury to return to top-level competition after he capped an astonishing comeback to storm back to the top of the world rankings in Beijing.

The world number two only needed to make the final at the China Open to edge ahead of incumbent Novak Djokovic in the rankings, which will be announced following the tournament.

The remarkable achievement comes after Nadal was out of action for the second half of last year with a knee injury.

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