Novak Djokovic sets up China Open final with Rafael Nadal

Djokovic also praised Nadal's performances this season, saying he was "looking forward to the challenge" of the final.

updated: October 05, 2013 21:49 IST
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Beijing: Rafael 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 Spaniard 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.

The second seed will now confront Djokovic on Sunday in the climax of the tournament, after the defending champion powered his way though his semi-final, dumping out France's Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2.

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