ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal an injury doubt for London

Arnold Nichols
November 2, 2018

The prized end-of-year No.1 accolade is one Djokovic has earned on four separate occasions, just like Nadal, who could still be back in London in less than a fortnight to challenge him again for the top spot at the end-of-season ATP finals. "But I'm not there yet".

Federer was given a standing ovation after his win. "The atmosphere was wonderful".

The Serb, who learned Wednesday that he would be back as world No. 1 next week following Rafa Nadal's withdrawal from the tournament through injury, was leading 6-1, 2-1 when the Bosnian submitted to a back problem that had flared up in the first set.

On the court, Dzumhur suffered a tweak to his lower back when 4-1 down in the opening set.

"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.

Djokovic has lost only once since Wimbledon, winning the last three tournaments, and Marin Cilic is up next in Paris.

Nadal, who has never won the Paris Masters, begins his campaign in the French capital against fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, a 6-4, 6-4 victor over France's Jeremy Chardy.

Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court.

. Nothing is said at the moment but we're just still trying to figure how we're going to make the schedule. "You know, first serves are really, really fast, and he uses a lot of rotation and variation with his serve".

Cilic, the fifth seed, secured his quarter-final ticket with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 defeat of Grigor Dimitrov.

Dzumhur upset 14th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-3, while big-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov also advanced to the third round.

The night session will be opened by Federer against Fabio Fognini, then Kei Nishikori will face Kevin Anderson.

Khachanov slid on his back and stretched out his arms in celebration after prevailing against John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (9), 7-6 (8) in a match in which the eighth-seeded Isner had 19 aces but missed two match points.

Sock next faces No. 6 Dominic Thiem, who used 14 aces as he rallied to beat No. 11 Borna Coric 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-5.

In other matches today, American defending champion Jack Sock progressed to round three.

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