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Djokovic seeks fourth consecutive China Open title | Updated: 2013-07-01 17:49

World Number One Novak Djokovic is set to continue his love affair with the China Open after tournament organisers confirmed that the three-time champion will be returning to the National Tennis Center for the China Open's 10th anniversary.

Asia's richest tournament will see the world's top WTA and ATP players showcase their talents during the 2013 China Open, to be held from Sept 22 to Oct 6, providing tennis fans in China with the opportunity to enjoy high-quality tennis during the country's national holidays.

As the last premier mandatory WTA tournament of the year, the China Open is mandatory for the top 47 WTA players, and the confirmation of 2013 Roland Garros Champion Rafael Nadal and today's announcement of Djokovic guarantees fans the chance to see two of the "Big Four" from the ATP World Tour.

"We have promised to present the best players to our fans and we are excited to be able to announce that World No.1 Novak Djokovic will come back to Beijing to defend his title. To have both Novak and Rafael playing the tenth anniversary of the China Open is a great news for tennis fans in China," said Alfred Zhang, China Open Tournament Director.

The Serbian has a deep affinity for Beijing, having never a lost a match en-route to his three champions in 2009, 2010 and 2012. The colourful Djokovic is also very fond of Chinese culture and interacts closely with fans - last year showing off his mandarin speaking skills, hand writing Chinese character and celebrating his title with a "Gangnam-Style" dance withthe ball kids.

"I always look forward to travelling to Beijing in October. The magnificent venue, the great organization and especially the enthusiastic fans all make me feel good. I can't wait to return to the Diamond Court and play the China Open again," said Djokovic.

"Djokovic has a 14-match winning streak here in Beijing and is always a fan's favourite. We look forwardto welcoming him back to the Diamond court in October" said Alfred Zhang,Tournament Director.

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