Djokovic back on top

Djokovic back on top

Djokovic back on top

"Reflecting on what I've been through in the previous year, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic after making the quarter-finals in Paris when Bosnian opponent Damir Dzumhur retired trailing 6-1, 2-1.

Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw from the Paris Masters with an abdominal injury, sending Novak Djokovic to the top of the ATP rankings.

"It's been a hard year for me in terms of injuries, and so I'd prefer to avoid doing anything drastic", he told the media minutes before his intended match against compatriot Fernando Verdasco who will instead face Tunisian lucky loser Malek Jaziri.

"I am very close to London, to securing my spot mathematically", said Cilic.

"I always believe in myself, but it was highly improbable (five months ago) considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".

Novak Djokovic will replace him at the top of the ATP tree when the new lists are published on 5 November.

Nishikori, seeded 10, had lost to seventh-seeded Anderson in the Vienna final on Sunday.

The top-seeded Nadal, who has never won the Paris Indoors, was set to face countryman Fernando Verdasco today.

"Roger (Federer) is in the race".

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The US Open champion has won four of the past five tournaments he has entered, including Wimbledon, the US Open and most recently the Shanghai Masters.

Cilic and Thiem occupy the final qualification berths at present but another slot will open up if Nadal, who was due to return from a knee injury this week, is unable to compete in London.

"Doctors recommended that I didn't play".

Cilic fired 29 winners to advance to the last eight for the third straight year.

Djokovic is to next square off against Croatian Marin Cilic, who defeated Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the round-of-16. 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.

Novak Djokovic is into the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters after Damir Dzumhur retired from their match on Thursday.

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

There was a more stressful passage for Isner, but the American did just enough to edge out Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-1) and keep his hopes of an ATP Finals place alive.

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