Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Quite a phenomenal achievement to be No 1 again, says Djokovic

Quite a phenomenal achievement to be No 1 again, says Djokovic

Cilic and Thiem occupy the final qualification berths at present but another slot will open up if Nadal, who was due to return from a knee injury this week, is unable to compete in London.

Djokovic arrived in Paris knowing that he would regain top spot he relinquished two years ago if he bettered the Spaniard's performance at the indoor event he has won four times.

Djokovic cruised through to the quarter-finals after Dzumhur retired while trailing 6-1, 2-1.

"These days I felt good but I have started to feel some abdominal pain", the 32-year-old "King of Clay" said, noting that his doctor recommended that he not play. "I prefer not to play".

The win also improved the Croat's prospects of making the ATP Finals in London starting on November 11.

Djokovic had learnt on Wednesday he would be back as world number one next week following Rafa Nadal's withdrawal from the tournament through injury.

Novak Djokovic has stopped play at the Paris Masters to help a struggling spectator. "But the race is still there", added Djokovic. "I just go day by day".

"It will not be fair to say it's a real injury today but what is sure that if I continue then it will be a real injury".

"I feel like it would be better for me to play matches rather than practice" Federer said.

"I don't like to involve myself in any political exchange or situations, it's unfortunate that we are both drawn into this right now", Djokovic told reporters at a news conference ahead of the Paris Masters.

Federer defeated Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 as the Swiss great moved three wins away from his 100th career title.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev has booked a second round berth at the Paris masters after beating Francis Tiafoe.

Nishikori beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-4 while Isner battled past Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (1).

It also left Paris ticketholders feeling frustrated after Roger Federer's later match with Milos Raonic was called off after Canadian Raonic also pulled out injured.

The fifth seed bounced back from a bruising defeat to Anett Kontaveit on Wednesday, but overcame Mertens 6-2, 7-6 in a tense round-robin tie in Zhuhai, southern China.

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