Rafa Nadal withdraws from Paris to send Djokovic to number one

Nov 02, 2018, 01:42
Rafa Nadal withdraws from Paris to send Djokovic to number one

Nadal, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, withdrew due to an abdominal injury and did not face compatriot Fernando Verdasco in round two.

This time it wasn't the troublesome right knee which had sidelined him since the U.S. Open semifinals in early September, but rather an abdominal injury which just crept up on him.

Djokovic's return to No 1 when the new ATP rankings are released next Monday was sealed on Wednesday when the current holder of that accolade, Rafa Nadal, had to pull out of the Paris event with an abdominal injury.

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"I felt better than I thought I would one week ago but in the last few days I started to feel a bit in my abdominal, especially when I was serving", said the 17-time grand slam victor. "I prefer not to play". The Spaniard has not said whether he will play in next week's ATP Tour Finals in London. After winning at Wimbledon, the Serb became the champion of the US Open and won the Masters in Cincinnati and Shanghai.

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.

Novak Djokovic has stopped play at the Paris Masters to help a struggling spectator. "Then I'll be able to speak more about it next time we see each other", Djokovic pointed out. "But the race is still there", added Djokovic. "It was unbelievable. I never expected that something like that can happen", he said.

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Federer has returned to the Bercy event after a three-year absence and is chasing his 100th career title after claiming the Swiss Indoors crown last week.

The Australian Open champion is drawn in the same half as Djokovic, Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic and big-serving Kevin Anderson, who upset Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals this year. "He can play very aggressively and also defend well", said Djokovic.

Japan's Kei Nishikori continued his bid for a place in the season ending ATP Finals in London a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino.

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Fourth seed Alexander Zverev has booked a second round berth at the Paris masters after beating Francis Tiafoe.