Rafael Nadal withdrawal sends Novak Djokovic to number one

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

Novak Djokovic will return to the top of the ATP rankings following Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from the Paris Masters.

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. At this point in the tournament in Paris, Djokovic has reached the third round, where they will play against Bosnian Damir Jumhuri.

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. "I'm obviously not happy to see him [Nadal] being injured and pulling out from the tournament in this final race for top rankings".

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

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 Austrian will next, face a rejuvenated Jack Sock after the defending champion, who has endured a dramatic slump in the year since, outplayed Tunisian lucky loser Malek Jaziri 6-0 6-4 to win back-to-back matches for the first time in 2018.

Federer, who is seeking a 100th career title, will next face Kei Nishikori on Friday after the Japenese str knocked out Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4.

Tennis stars Djokovic and Nadal have expressed doubt as to whether they will play an exhibition match at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on December 22, but they have not withdrawn. "So, for me, it was a very quick decision", said Federer. Djokovic and Nadal will both attempt to become five-time year-end World No. 1s at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 11-18 November.

Consecutive sets won by Novak Djokovic, passing his 2015 best of 29.

"I am very close to London, to securing my spot mathematically", said Cilic, who is part of the Croatia team facing France in the Davis Cup final at the end of this month.

Thiem breezed past Gilles Simon 6-4 6-2 and the in-form Nishikori also won in straight sets against a home favourite, beating Adrian Mannarino 7-5 6-4.

The Russian will next play Alexander Zverev after the German fourth seed beat Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4, 6-2.

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