Djokovic wins to mark return to world number one

Novak Djokovic vs Sampras Roger Federer's former coach draws comparison

Novak Djokovic vs Sampras Roger Federer's former coach draws comparison

Tournament organisers in Paris announced on Wednesday that Nadal had pulled out due to an abdominal strain.

With Djokovic only needing to better Nadal's performance in Paris to take top spot, the Wimbledon and US Open champion will become world number one for the first time in nearly two years next week.

Nadal who has not played since retiring injured in the U.S. Open semi-finals, withdrew because of injury.

For Djokovic to surpass top-ranked Rafa Nadal when the next edition of the ATP rankings are released on Monday, he must outlast the Spaniard in the French capital this week.

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

"Hopefully I can travel with him a bit more next year, and for sure we're going to try to spend a lot more time together in the upcoming weekends and months".

Nadal did not say whether he will play at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, beginning November 11.

Even the casual sports fan knows the names Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.

"It's been a hard year for me in terms of injuries, and so I'd prefer to avoid doing anything drastic", Nadal told the media minutes before his intended match against compatriot Fernando Verdasco.

Novak Djokovic broke off from serving for victory against Joao Sousa to help a spectator who was taken ill at the Paris Masters tennis tournament.

"I'm happy to play tomorrow. So, for me, it was a very quick decision", said Federer. At the U.S. Open, he retired during his match against Juan Martin del Potro. "I just gave him the towel".

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.

Nishikori overcame Adrian Mannarino of France 7-5, 6-4.

In the quarter-finals, Khachanov will meet Germany's fourth seed Alexander Zverev, who subdued the scurrying defiance of Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-2.

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