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New world number one Novak Djokovic sets personal record at Paris Masters

New world number one Novak Djokovic sets personal record at Paris Masters”

Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw from the Paris Masters with an abdominal injury, sending Novak Djokovic to the top of the ATP rankings.

"Reflecting on what I've been through in the a year ago, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic, who won Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open this summer. "So, for me, it was a very quick decision", said Federer.

The return of Djokovic at the first line in the ATP ranking was the natural completion of his flawless game in the second half of the season.

Fifth-seeded Marin Cilic, the Australian Open runner-up, won his second-round match 6-3, 6-4 against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

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Federer, 37, who captured his 99th trophy on home ground in Basel last week, will next face Japan's Kei Nishikori who beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4.

Despite the blow the tournament organisers will be relieved to see Roger Federer making his first appearance at the competition since 2015.

It marked the culmination of a dizzying ascent by the Serb, who had slumped to No 22 in the rankings in mid-June, but subsequently won Grand Slams at Wimbledon and the US Open as well as Masters 1000 titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai. I checked with the doctor and he said that he recommended to not play, because if I continued the abdominal may break and could become a major thing.

Djokovic boasts an impressive record against Cilic but the Croat giant can secure his place at the ATP Finals in London with a shock victory.

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"I am very close to London, to securing my spot mathematically", Cilic said.

Novak Djokovic is into the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters after Damir Dzumhur retired from their match on Thursday. The 14-time Grand Slam champion's brilliant comeback makes him the first player to reach No. 1 after being ranked below 20th in the same season since Marat Safin in 2000, according to the ATP Tour.

Djokovic and Cilic were later joined in the quarter-finals by Karen Khachanov who saved two match points agaisnt John Isner on his way to defeating the eight-seeded American 6-4, 6-7 (9/11), 7-6 (10/8).

In the quarter-finals, Khachanov will meet Germany's fourth seed Alexander Zverev, who subdued the scurrying defiance of Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-2.

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Sock goes up against Dominic Thiem on Friday after the 2018 French Open finalist edged Borna Coric 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 7-5.



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