Nadal pulls out of Paris, Djokovic number one

Djokovic 'Rafael Nadal's defensive skills are the best. While Federer...'

Nadal's withdrawal is set to send Novak Djokovic back to the top spot in the upcoming ATP rankings for the first time in two years.

Djokovic, who will reclaim the No. 1 ranking next week regardless of where he finishes, faces Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals.

"My abdominal muscles haven't felt good for the past few days, especially on serve, doctors recommended that I didn't play", he said.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion and third seed was due to play Milos Raonic but the Canadian pulled out due to an elbow injury.

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

It marked the culmination of a dizzying ascent by the Serb, who won grand slams at Wimbledon and the US Open as well as Masters 1000 titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai in his dominant run in the second half of the year.

Federer also revealed he had received an invite to take part in an exhibition featuring Nadal and Djokovic in Saudi Arabia in December, but the 37-year-old said he turned down the approach.

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Novak Djokovic has stopped play at the Paris Masters to help a struggling spectator. "Because right now we just don't have obviously enough information, and we have to look into that a bit more and then we'll make our decision soon".

However, during the first set the Bosnian advised Djokovic that one of his shots, which was called out, actually landed in.

"But I haven't been really reflecting on that, and I haven't been really focusing on that too much because it's the middle of the week. With my performance today I gave myself the best present I good ask for for tomorrow".

In fitting symmetry, he lost the slot to Andy Murray at the Paris Masters. I'm happy practising. I'm happy doing other things, and I didn't want to play there at that time.

Ninth seed Barty broke Garcia once in each set to win the round-robin tie 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 16 minutes.

The 16th-seeded Sock saved all four break points he faced in a 6-3, 6-3 win against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, while Zverev advanced 6-4, 6-4 over American Francis Tiafoe.

Isner beat Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (1).

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