Novak Djokovic marks return to world number one with Paris win

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With the absence of Nadal from the tournament, Serbian Novak Djokovic, now world No. 2, is set to take the top spot of the ATP rankings, to be released on Monday.

The former world No. 3 also had an injury-riddled 2017 campaign, including a seven-week absence due to wrist surgery that cost him a chance to play at that season's U.S. Open.

World number two Novak Djokovic of Serbia will play Joao Sousa of Portugal, who progressed through the qualifiers to reach the main stage of the tournament.

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. "But the last few days I started to feel a little bit the abdominal, especially when I was serving".

"I had to fix some things to take my revenge on Kevin".

Novak Djokovic can complete a stunning return to world number one at the Paris Masters this week as Rafael Nadal hits the comeback trail for the first time since limping out of the US Open.

Ninth seed Barty broke Garcia once in each set to win the round-robin tie 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 16 minutes.

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

It also left Paris ticketholders feeling frustrated after Roger Federer's later match with Milos Raonic was called off after Canadian Raonic also pulled out injured.

Dimitrov has been coached by a former coach of Djokovic, eight-time major victor Andre Agassi, in Paris this week. It was me today. He went on to trail 4-5 while leading 40-15, but let slip his advantage in the tenth game to lose 6-4 in the first set.

Defending champion Julia Goerges gave herself an early birthday present on Thursday by beating Elise Mertens to book her place in the semi-finals of WTA Elite Trophy.

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

Djokovic, who will reclaim the No. 1 ranking next week regardless of where he finishes, faces Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals.

The 16th-seeded Sock won 6-3, 6-3 win against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, while Zverev advanced 6-4, 6-4 over American Francis Tiafoe.