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CHINA OPEN
Beijing, China

RESULTS - SUNDAY, 6 OCTOBER 2013

Singles - Final
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [2] R Nadal (ESP) 63 64

Doubles - Final
M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) d F Fognini (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 64 62

FINALS REVIEW: DJOKOVIC BESTS NADAL; MIRNYI/TECAU BOOST LONDON BID
•    Novak Djokovic won his fourth China Open crown. He has a 19-0 record in Beijing, also winning the title in 2009 (d. Cilic), 2010 (d. Ferrer) and 2012 (d. Tsonga).
•    Djokovic ended a run of three defeats against Nadal as he improved to a 16-22 mark in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
•    The Serb won their 38th contest and captured his fourth tour-level crown of the season.
•    Djokovic dropped just six points on serve in the 87-minute match.
•    Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau are expected to move up to ninth in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings after winning their third ATP World Tour team title
•    They are looking to claim one of the five remaining spots at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next month in London.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Novak Djokovic
: "I needed this win today. I really wanted to get my hands on the trophy and win against Nadal, who has been the best player so far in 2013. It\'s very important for my confidence. It\'s very important mentally and emotionally for me.

"It\'s been an incredible week again for me at the China Open. I still haven\'t lost a match here. I just love the conditions. I love the court and the atmosphere that goes around the tournament. Centre court is exceptional, and I enjoy it. I try to cherish every moment that I spend here every year.

"I managed to stay tough and not drop my concentration, which I think [happened] in both Montréal and at the US Open in the important moments. I learned my lesson. It was a few very tough and close matches that I lost against Rafa on hard courts, especially the last one in the US Open final."

Rafael Nadal: "I didn\'t see the way to stop him this afternoon. This afternoon he was too strong for me. I didn\'t play my best match this afternoon, but he played at a very high level with his serve.

"I was not able to have any chance when I was returning during the whole match. He had the ball staying very low. It was very difficult to create spin on this ball. He was able to hit all the balls where he wanted. When that\'s happening against a player like Novak, you are dead. You don\'t have not one chance."

Max Mirnyi: "It was certainly a good week, considering how the past couple of weeks went. Unfortunately, the Grand Slam results weren\'t something to be proud of this year, but we\'re happy to have found good form. Playing in China is always a great experience. The tournament does a wonderful job and we\'re thrilled to win our first tournament in Asia.

"You\'re always a little bit nervous when you play a final. We started a little bit slower than we\'d like. But we were happy with the way we stuck together and the way we played our key points. Horia played well the whole week and we look forward to keeping it going in Shanghai."

Horia Tecau: "Reaching London is one of the main goals at the beginning of the season, that\'s what makes us go to the practice court and the gym every day. I\'m really happy we\'re getting close to that. Winning this week helps. We\'re playing every week from now till the end, so hopefully we can keep up this level that we had this week and reach London."

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