ATP Paris: Novak Djokovic reaches the quarter-final as Dzumhur retires

Nov 02, 2018, 01:44
ATP Paris: Novak Djokovic reaches the quarter-final as Dzumhur retires

Djokovic, who will reclaim the No. 1 ranking next week regardless of where he finishes, faces Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals.

Announcing his withdrawal at a hastily arranged press conference Nadal said: "My abdominal muscles haven't felt good for the past few days, especially on serve, doctors recommended that I didn't play".

"I understand you guys want to go in depth about it, but please respect that I'm in this tournament and I have to focus on every match and try to get as far as I can". But the outcome proved to be double disappointment as both matches were cancelled and Nadal's participation at the upcoming Nitto ATP Finals thrown into doubt.

The Swiss world number three will play the victor of the tie between France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Croatia's Milos Raonic on Wednesday after receiving a bye in the first round.

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Roger Federer also advanced to Thursday's third round after big-serving Milos Raonic retired before their match with a right elbow injury.

When asked for the reasoning behind the decision, the 37-year-old replied: "I prefer not to play".

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his men's singles second round match against Portugal's Joao Sousa, on day two of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Rolex Paris Masters - indoor tennis tournament at The AccorHotels Arena in Paris, on October 30, 2018.

"I'm obviously not happy to see Rafa being injured and pulling out from the tournament in this final race for top rankings", said Djokovic.

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"But I haven't been really reflecting on that, and I haven't been really focusing on that too much because it's the middle of the week".

Speaking after the victory, he said: 'I am very close to London, to securing my spot mathematically.

Federer, who won his 99th career title at the Swiss Indoors last Sunday, will face 13th-seeded Fabio Fognini.

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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Dimitrov had 13 aces in a 7-6 (10), 6-4 win against Roberto Bautista Agut and Nishikori beat Adrian Mannarino of France 7-5, 6-4.

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