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

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

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

"So, for me, it was a very quick decision", said Federer.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his second round match against Portugal's Joao Sousa. He has also sat out the last three French Opens. It would not be fair and not good for me and for nobody to go inside the court knowing that probably the full tournament will not be possible to play'. On his last appearance in 2015, he was knocked out by American Jon Isner in the Round of 16.

"In the middle of second set, I overextended my elbow and it did some kind of pain", he said.

Dzumhur defeated rising Greek star and 14th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-3. "Preceding the match, after I spoke with the doctors here, I went and I did an ultrasound and MRI, and they found some kind of a lesion in the tricep".

The 37-year-old confirmed he would break a three-year absence by participating at this year's Paris Masters tournament. "Something that I was not able to do this year, playing only nine events and retiring in two".

With Nadal's physical problems putting a big question mark over his participation at the ATP Tour Finals in London and Djokovic defending no ranking points there, it looks certain he will end a topsy-turvy year as world number one. "I'm excited", he added, after winning the Swiss indoor championships in Basel on Sunday.

Nadal and Djokovic have been booked to meet in the Arab kingdom on December 22, although they are reassessing amid claims the Saudis were behind the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the nation's consulate in Istanbul at the start of October.

Although both players voiced concerns about the match, which is scheduled to take place in Jeddah during tennis' off-season on December 22, they are yet to officially withdraw and are seeking further information before making their decision.

Top seed Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Paris Masters shortly before his opening match against fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday, and as a result will lose the ATP No. 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic.

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