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Soon-to-be world no.1 Nadal lands in Beijing

Latest update : 2008-08-05

Spain's Rafael Nadal, who is expected to snatch first place in ATP rankings later this month, has arrived in China where he will take part in the first Olympic Games in his career.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal has landed at Beijing Intenational Airport and although he is not yet the world's number one tennis player, he will be crowned so on August 18.

After 234 weeks in the top ATP ranking slot, Switzerland's Roger Federer found a succesor after Nadal won two out of the last three Grand Slam tournaments. The Beijing Olympic Games is the next challenge for the future tennis number one.

Nadal lost the semifinal of the Cincinnati Masters to Serbia's Novak Djokovic on Saturday (August 3), bringing his 32-match unbeaten streak to a halt.

Nadal is currently the French Open and Wimbledon champion, having defeated world number one rival Roger Federer in a five-set epic final last June in England.

"My expectation right now is to arrive to the villa and have a bit of calm," a tired-looking Nadal told press at the airport, who were waiting along with crowds eager to see the Spanish sports-star, "because I have had a very long travel. Later  (I will) try to enjoy my first day."

Date created : 2008-08-05