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Stage set for big names at ATP Paris Masters

04 November, 2018, 22:00 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • 2018 Paris Masters Prize Money How much can Roger Federer Nadal earn

Top seed Nadal cited an abdominal problem as he pulled out of his scheduled second-round match with Fernando Verdasco, meaning he will be succeeded as world number one by Novak Djokovic on Monday.

Djokovic all set to become the first player to be ranked outside the top-20 then climb to No 1 in the same season in 18 years- Marat Safin of Russian Federation was at No 38 on February 28, 2000, climbing No 1 spot on November 20, same year.

He will play Damir Dzumhur in the third round in Paris, an event he has won a record four times.

Switzerland's Roger Federer cheers after winning the final against Romania's Marius Copil at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. "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".

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

World number three Federer beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-3 in one hour and 13 minutes.

But Federer, who got through a few hard situations last week on his way to winning the Swiss Indoors for the ninth time, saved both and then held to clinch the first set.

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"Reflecting on what I've been through in the past year, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic, who won Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open this summer. If I can do well here in Paris and beat him (Novak Djokovic), all the better.

The Spaniard, who has never won the indoor tournament, is making his return from the knee injury that scuppered his US Open chances.

Nadal did not reveal if he will play in next week's ATP Tour Finals in London. Anderson next faces Japan's 10th seed Kei Nishikori, who he defeated in the Austria final.

The Paris Masters is the last competition to take place before the season ending ATP finals in London, starting on November 12.

The Croat ousted the Andre Agassi-led Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Khachanov booked a quarterfinal encounter with No 4 seed Alexander Zverev, who got past Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-2.

In a high-quality contest between two others seeking a London berth, Dominic Thiem, back in the city where he reached the French Open final, ended Borna Coric's slim hopes while boosting his own with a 6-7 (3) 6-2 7-5 win.

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