Injured Nadal pulls out of Paris as Djokovic takes number one spot

Mae Harvey
November 2, 2018

His Bosnian opponent Damir Dzumhur was forced to retire trailing 6-1 2-1, allowing the Serb to extend his sequence of consecutive winning sets to 30, passing his previous best mark of 29 from 2015.

"Reflecting on what I've been through in the a year ago, it's quite a phenomenal achievement". "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.

Novak Djokovic has spoken of his pride at a "highly improbable" return to the top of the ATP rankings.

The Croat had earlier looked in strikingly good form when beating Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (5) 6-4.

Federer will play either Kevin Anderson or Kei Nishikori in Friday's final eight.

Dzumhur upset 14th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-3, while big-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov also advanced to the third round.

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 US Open champion has won four of the past five tournaments he has entered, including Wimbledon, the US Open and most recently the Shanghai Masters. "The doctor says that is recommended to not play, because if I continue the abdominal maybe can break and can be a major thing".

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.

"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.

Cilic, who has beaten Djokovic just twice in 17 meetings, ended reigning ATP Finals champion Dimitrov's season. [It will be] great to play him again'.

Top seed Nadal cited an abdominal problem as he pulled out of his scheduled second-round match with Fernando Verdasco, meaning he will be succeeded as world number one by Novak Djokovic on Monday.

Nadal's place in the second round was given to Malek Jaziri who lost in the final qualifying round on Sunday.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev also cruised into the last eight with a 6-4 6-2 win over Diego Schwartzman.

Sock next faces No. 6 Dominic Thiem, who used 14 aces as he rallied to beat No. 11 Borna Coric 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-5.

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