Djokovic reaches Paris Masters quarterfinals

Djokovic reaches Paris Masters quarterfinals

Djokovic reaches Paris Masters quarterfinals

The Serb, who learned on Wednesday that he would be back as world number one next week following Rafa Nadal's withdrawal from the tournament through injury, was leading 6-1 2-1 when the Bosnian succumbed to a back problem that had flared up in the first set.

"It's been a hard year for me in terms of injuries, and so I'd prefer to avoid doing anything drastic", he told the media minutes before his intended match against compatriot Fernando Verdasco who will instead face Tunisian lucky loser Malek Jaziri. "I would love to be in London, of course", said Nadal, who will wait on making a decision on his participation at the season finale.

Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court.

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Ninth seed Barty broke Garcia once in each set to win the round-robin tie 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 16 minutes.

Nishikori, seeded 10, had lost to seventh-seeded Anderson in the Vienna final on Sunday.

Dzumhur defeated rising Greek star and 14th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-3.

It is the first non-Grand Slam event to feature Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic since last year's Indian Wells Masters.

Djokovic's rise to supremacy comes on the back of his triumphs at the Grand Slam tournaments at Wimbledon and the US Open. Fernando Verdasco, who reached the quarter-finals previous year, produced a clinical display to defeat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4. 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.

Cilic fired 29 winners to advance to the last eight for the third straight year.

Seeking a record-equalling 33rd Masters and record-extending fifth Paris title, Djokovic will face a much tougher test in the last eight against Marin Cilic, who looked in strikingly good form when beating Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (5) 6-4.

The Paris tournament is the last before the season-ending ATP Finals in London, which begin on November 12.

He'll be replaced by lucky loser Malek Jaziri.

'In the next match against Novak it will be another big challenge.

First round: Fernando Verdasco bt Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4; Daniil Medvedev bt Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 6-2; Gilles Simon bt Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-4; Mikhail Kukushkin bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6, 6-3, 7-5; Marton Fucsovics bt Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-4; Milos Raonic bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).

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