Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Paris Masters: Nishikori eases through while Isner is made to work

Paris Masters: Nishikori eases through while Isner is made to work

But he also admitted that the way the landmark was reached - through the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal from Paris with an abdominal issue - had dampened his excitement.

Paris-Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters on Wednesday guaranteeing Novak Djokovic's return to the world number one spot.

Nadal withdrew from the following week's Cincinnati Masters and was then forced to bring a premature end to his US Open semi-final with Juan Martin del Potro due to a knee injury.

The Serb will lead the ATP Rankings in men singles for the first time in two years, with Briton Andy Murray having taken the top honour from him in Paris in November 2016.

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have gathered 729 weeks at the world number 1 position so far and this is unlikely to change anytime soon as they are still in front of all the other rivals on the Tour!

"I'm obviously very proud of the achievement", said Djokovic, whose ranking slipped to No. 22 in May as he struggled to shake off a persistent elbow problem.

Federer defeated Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 as the Swiss great moved three wins away from his 100th career title.

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.

"I wasn't", he said.

Federer's return to Bercy for the first time in three years delighted his vast Parisian fan club, who gave him a standing ovation that clearly moved the 20-time grand slam victor.

He is chasing a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title and advanced toward that when Damir Dzumhur retired trailing 6-1, 2-1.

The Australian Open champion is drawn in the same half as Djokovic; Cilic and big-serving Kevin Anderson, who upset Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals this year. I want to keep playing tennis for a couple of years, so I have to do the logical thing.

Switzerland's Roger Federer arrives to attend a training session during the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Rolex Paris Masters - indoor tennis tournament at The AccorHotels Arena in Paris, on October 30, 2018.

Raonic was scheduled to face Roger Federer in a second-round match on Wednesday. The American got past lucky loser Malek Jaziri, but will now run into Dominic Thiem.

The under-fire Grigor Dimitrov, meanwhile, beat Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets, winning the first 12-10 in the breaker.

The Russian will next play Alexander Zverev after the German fourth seed beat Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4, 6-2.

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