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Novak Djokovic marks return to world number one with Paris win

04 November 2018

Novak Djokovic admits reclaiming the world number one spot from Rafael Nadal is a "phenomenal achievement". I checked with the doctor and he said that he recommended to not play, because if I continued the abdominal may break and could become a major thing.

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That went the distance too but this was a different story for Isner, who won early points against the Kazakh's serve to take the match. The 14-time Grand Slam champion's brilliant comeback makes him the first player to reach No. 1 after being ranked below 20th in the same season since Marat Safin in 2000, according to the ATP Tour.

Djokovic is maybe the fifth time in his career to finish the season in the status of the first racket of the world.

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

The quarters could bring Kevin Anderson, who beat Federer at Wimbledon, or Kei Nishikori, who pressed him hard in five sets in his title run at the 2017 Australian Open.

"Hopefully I can travel with him a bit more next year, and for sure we're going to try to spend a lot more time together in the upcoming weekends and months".

He faces Marin Cilic in the last eight today.

Federer, who is also in Paris along with his two longtime rivals for the ongoing Rolex Masters, revealed that he turned down the offer, which is expected to pay $1 million each to both Nadal and Djokovic.

Federer enjoyed a walkover into the third round when Milos Raonic pulled out with an injury.

The Serb won his last 16 tie with Damir Dzumhur after the Bosnian was forced to retire trailing 6-1, 2-1 at Bercy.

Goerges, who turns 30 on Friday, was pushed all the way in the second set by her 22-year-old Belgian opponent, but the German clinched the nailbiting tiebreak 7-5 at the Hengqin International Tennis Center.

Nadal did not reveal if he will play in next week's ATP Tour Finals in London.

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev saved all four break points he faced in beating Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-2.

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

Novak Djokovic marks return to world number one with Paris win