Novak Djokovic stunned at regaining world No 1 spot

Novak Djokovic 'My brain works 300 kilometers per hour'
Federer ready to play Paris for first time since 2015
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02 November, 2018

The Serb, who learned Wednesday that he would be back as world No. 1 next week following Rafa Nadal's withdrawal from the tournament through injury, was leading 6-1, 2-1 when the Bosnian submitted to a back problem that had flared up in the first set.

Top seed Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Paris Masters today and will now lose his world number one ranking to Novak Djokovic. "Of course I am not happy, but I have to accept it and stay positive". "Five months ago, if you told me that (I would be No. 1 now), it was highly improbable at that time considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".

The 37-year-old Swiss had only made a late decision to compete in Bercy after winning his 99th title in his home town Basel on Sunday but, despite a touch of raggedness, was sharp enough on Thursday to outclass the Italian 6-4 6-3 in his opening match.

Canada's Milos Raonic came from a set down to reach the second round with a hard-fought 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), win over local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The night session will be opened by Federer against Fabio Fognini, then Kei Nishikori will face Kevin Anderson.

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.

It's one of the best sets I have played this year I would say.

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The Spaniard has pulled out of the Paris event because of an abdominal injury, the BBC reports, and is unsure if he will play in the season finale in London from 11-18 November.

Novak Djokovic is into the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters after Damir Dzumhur retired from their match on Thursday. "(It will be) great to play him again".

Nadal, who had been No. 1 since 25 June after several lead changes with Roger Federer earlier in the year, had led Djokovic by just 35 points in the ATP Race To London ahead of the final week of the regular ATP World Tour season in Paris.

There was a more stressful passage for Isner, but the American did just enough to edge out Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-1) and keep his hopes of an ATP Finals place alive.

Thiem, also in contention for the ATP Finals, next faces defending champion Jack Sock of the United States.

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


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