Stage set for big names at ATP Paris Masters

Stage set for big names at ATP Paris Masters

Stage set for big names at ATP Paris Masters

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.

But it is Djokovic who will be top dog when the latest ATP rankings appear on Monday, irrespective of his fate in the French capital this week.

Djokovic all set to become the first player to be ranked outside the top-20 then climb to No 1 in the same season in 18 years- Marat Safin of Russian Federation was at No 38 on February 28, 2000, climbing No 1 spot on November 20, same year.

"These days I felt good but I have started to feel some abdominal pain", the 32-year-old "King of Clay" said, noting that his doctor recommended that he not play.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the investigation needs to be completed swiftly and that he wants an extradition request for 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia to be put on trial in Istanbul.

As the duo prepare to battle it out for the world No 1 spot at this week's Paris Masters, Nadal said he was "not surprised at all" that Djokovic is on the verge of returning to the top of the world rankings.

Third seed Roger Federer remains on course to face him in the semi-finals after his 6-4 6-3 victory against Fabio Fognini.

Since then, he has returned to full form and has won Wimbledon, Cincinnati, the US Open and the Shanghai Masters. Roger Federer progressed without playing as Canadian opponent Milos Raonic withdrew with injury.

Should Nadal win, he would stay at the top, but also celebrate his very first Paris Masters title. It's been a tough year for me with injuries. That gave No. 13 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy a walkover.

"I am not thinking about big improvements or big things".

"I'm happy to play tomorrow". He stated after his loss in Miami to Frenchman Benoit Paire that it was "just impossible at the moment" to play his best tennis. "If I can do well here in Paris and beat (Djokovic), all the better", Federer said.

The Croat ousted the Andre Agassi-led Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Alexander Zverev eased into the quarter-finals with a 6-4 6-2 win over Diego Schwartzman, and will now play Russia's Karen Khachanov, who needed three sets to see off John Isner 6-4 6-7 (9) 7-6 (8).

Djokovic can regain top spot from Rafael Nadal this week if he betters the Spaniard's performance in the French capital, where the Serb is a four-time victor of the indoor tournament.

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