Nadal's win in semifinals assured him of overtaking Djokovic for the No. 1 spot when the ATP rankings are updated Monday. But Djokovic let it be known he isn't conceding the yearend No. 1 ranking with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Nadal in the tournament final.
Djokovic didn't face a break point, losing a mere six points over his 10 serving games in the clear win over Nadal. Djokovic was able to convert the only break point of the first set and got another in three tries of the second to win the China Open title.
He's 19-0 at the tournament, adding the 2013 championship to wins in 2009, '10 and '12. It was his fourth title this year and 38th overall. Djokovic snapped a three-match losing streak to Nadal, a run that included the U.S. Open final, but trails their all-time series 16-22.
Nadal, losing for just the fourth time in 69 matches this year, saw a 22-match winning streak end. He's entered 14 tournaments this year and won 10 while Sunday marked his third runner-up finish.
Djokovic collected a $557,100 along with the tournament title, pushing his career winnings to more than $53 million. Nadal, winning $251,165 in the tournament, has picked up nearly $61 million in his career. They are second and third all-time in the ATP, behind only Roger Federer ($77.9 million).