Djokovic, Federer move into Paris Masters quarter-finals

04 November, 2018, 22:02 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Djokovic hands over a towel to the fan

With Nadal's physical problems putting a big question mark over his participation at the ATP Tour Finals in London and Djokovic defending no ranking points there, it looks certain he will end a topsy-turvy year as world number one.

Having missed the second half of the 2017 season because of his troublesome elbow, Djokovic returned at the start of this year but the injury flared up again at the Australian Open during a shock defeat by South Korean youngster Chung Hyeon.

Djokovic was characteristically dominant on the court on Thursday, as he swept through the first set against Damir Dzumhur.

And Nadal has, too, avoided his old rival Roger Federer, with whom he swapped the No1 ranking several times earlier this year. "And with Rafa's injury and him not playing China and so forth, it put me in a position to be very close to him in rankings and to fight for a year-end No. 1".

There was a more stressful passage for Isner, but the American did just enough to edge out Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-1) and keep his hopes of an ATP Finals place alive.

In addition to Nadal, Milos Raonic and Marton Fucsovics withdrew from the last Masters 1000 event of the year on Wednesday, handing respective walkover victories to Roger Federer and Fabio Fognini.

The Japanese's last win over the 20-time major victor came in 2014. After winning at Wimbledon, the Serb became the champion of the US Open and won the Masters in Cincinnati and Shanghai.


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. "I tried. It's good to play in a relaxed manner for once, to find something in my game that could help me out for London", he said.

Croatia's Marin Cilic will play Germany's Philip Kohlschreiber after he beat Robin Haase of The Netherlands 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal has withdrawn due to injury from the prestigious tournament of a series "masters" in Paris, in which he in the second round had to play against his compatriot Fernando Verdasco.

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

Djokovic has won 15 of 17 against Cilic but they have split two meetings this year.

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.

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev saved all four break points he faced in beating Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-2.

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