Rafael Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters with abdominal injury

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters with abdominal injury

"Maybe I can play today, but the doctor says if I want to play the tournament, I want to try to win the tournament, the abdominal with break for sure".

Novak Djokovic celebrated his elevation to world number one by reaching a new personal landmark to reach the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Thursday. "But it's not the end of the season, so I can't be too ecstatic about it".

The victory extended Djokovic's streak to 30 consecutive sets, surpassing his previous best effort of 29 achieved in 2015.

John Isner's hopes of also making the London finals received a blow when he was beaten 6-4, 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (8-6) in an absorbing, huge-serving battle by rising Russian Karen Khachanov.

The Spaniard has not revealed whether he will play in next week's ATP Tour Finals in London.

"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. "Against Novak, it will be another big challenge".

Cilic booked a meeting with Djokovic after defeating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.

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Federer broke twice in the first five games, prompting the explosive Fognini to hurl down his racket in disgust, but the Italian did claw a break back before the 2011 Paris champion made slightly heavy weather of serving out the set.

Canada's Milos Raonic has also pulled out of his second-round match against Roger Federer with a right elbow injury. "It's great to play him again".

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.

"We are all very exhausted", said world number 19 Schwartzman who has been on the road for more than two months.

Federer defeated Italy's Fognini 6-4 6-3 and will now take on Japan's Kei Nishikori for a place in the semi-finals on Friday.

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