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Djoker's No. 1 ranking almost gone

Serbian star potentially days from losing top billing to Rafael Nadal

Updated: September 30, 2013, 2:26 PM ET
By Matt Wilansky | ESPN.com

It can't be easy being the lame-duck world No. 1. No matter what he does, barring a miracle, Novak Djokovic is going to get passed by Rafael Nadal as early as this week at the China Open. In order for Djokovic to hang on to his top ranking, he needs to win Beijing, and Nadal needs to succumb before the final.

Whatever happens, it has been a miraculous run for Djokovic, who this week became the ninth player to hold the top ranking for 100 weeks. His reign started on the Fourth of July two ...

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