Paris: Djokovic Back On Top After Nadal's Exit

Paris: Djokovic Back On Top After Nadal's Exit

Paris: Djokovic Back On Top After Nadal's Exit

Djokovic, 31, said his team "is in touch with Saudi Arabia and we're all talking to understand the situation better", while Nadal also said he had committed to the event a year ago but was "looking about how the situation evolves and I hope things will clarify as soon as possible".

Second seed Novak Djokovic reached the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters after Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur retired with a back injury.

Second seeded Djokovic has secured the world No. 1 spot following Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal's retirement on Wednesday due to abdominal problems.

"I feel like it's better for me to play matches rather than practice, and I think that's it. And, of course, I'm very, very happy and proud about it", said Djokovic.

"I'll probably be able to speak more profoundly about it when the season is done and hopefully if I get to finish as No. 1".

He will now face Marin Cilic after the Croat beat Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov. "So as I said, I can't be too ecstatic about it".

"It's going to be a tough one", Djokovic added.

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Later Thursday, third-seeded Roger Federer was facing Fabio Fognini. Rafa is in the race.

Barty, who lost to Aryna Sabalenka on Tuesday, now has to wait for the outcome of Garcia and Sabalenka's match to see if she will progress to the semi-finals on Saturday. "It was unbelievable. I never expected that something like that can happen", he said. But the outcome proved to be double disappointment as both matches were cancelled and Nadal's participation at the upcoming Nitto ATP Finals thrown into doubt.

Cilic, who will guarantee making the cut for London if he downs Djokovic, was ending reigning ATP Finals champion Dimitrov's season.

Federer, 37, revealed he had received an invite to take part in an exhibition featuring Nadal and Djokovic in Saudi Arabia next month, but he turned down the approach.

Elsewhere, German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, playing his 70th match of the season, defeated Frances Tiafoe of the United States 6-4, 6-4 while defending champion Jack Sock put out Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-3.

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.

Isner's USA compatriot Jack Sock, who's the defending Paris Masters champion, also advanced with a 6-0 6-4 triumph over Malek Jaziri.

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