Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Rafa Nadal withdraws from Paris to send Djokovic to number one

Rafa Nadal withdraws from Paris to send Djokovic to number one

As we already said, Novak is pretty much locked to finish the season as the year-end number 1 player and to dominate the rankings in 2019 as well, winning just six matches in 2018 before Rome and returning to his old form that might be hard to follow for Nadal or Federer. He is only the second man, after Marat Safin, to climb from outside the top 20 to No 1 in the same year.

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. Rafa obviously is struggling with injuries since the US Open.

The Serbian, who will return to world number one next week, was 6-1, 2-1 up when a back injury got the better of his Bosnian opponent.

Canada's Milos Raonic has also pulled out of his second round match against Roger Federer with a right-elbow injury.

Djokovic established his quarterfinal clash with fifth-seeded Marin Cilic.

Khachanov, who won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month, did not face a break point in the 2 1/2-hour match.

"I feel like it's better for me to play matches rather than practice, and I think that's it". South African seventh seed Kevin Anderson, the champion in Vienna at the weekend, battled past Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/3).

Austrian Dominic Thiem had to come from behind to beat Borna Coric 6-7 (3) 6-2 7-5 and his reward is a last-eight meeting with America's Jack Sock, a 6-0 6-4 victor over Malek Jaziri.

"As everyone knows, I have been out of competition since the US Open", he told a news conference.

Isner needs to reach the semi-finals in Paris to have any hope of moving up to ninth in the rankings, which would give him a chance of making the ATP Finals in London in November.

Djokovic boasts an impressive record against Cilic but the Croat giant can secure his place at the ATP Finals in London with a shock victory.

"I would love to be in London, of course", said the Spaniard. Next comes Roberto Bautista Agut or Grigor Dimitrov, and then Djokovic. 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. The Austrian Thiem went the distance to defeat Borna Coric 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-5.

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