Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic reach Paris Masters quarterfinals

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.

Nadal, who was won 17 major titles to Djokovic's 14, added that the match had been agreed over a year ago, a long time before the recent controversy surrounding the regime emerged. "I checked with the doctor and the doctor recommended I did not play".

The Paris tournament is the last before the season-ending ATP Finals in London, which begin on November 12.

Federer reveals he rejected invite for controversial Saudi exhibition match Roger Federer has revealed he turned down a reported $1 million offer to appear in a controversial exhibition match in Saudi Arabia in December, where fellow tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are considering playing.

Federer also revealed he had received an invite to take part in an exhibition featuring Nadal and Djokovic in Saudi Arabia in December, but the 37-year-old said he turned down the approach.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Portugal's Joao Sousa during their men's singles second round match on day two of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000-Rolex Paris Masters-indoor tennis tournament at The Accor Hotels Arena in Paris, on October 30, 2018.

It is huge news for Djokovic, who as recently as the Australian Open earlier in the year was not sure if he would ever truly recover from his persistent elbow injury.

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"The last few days I start to feel a little bit the abdominal, especially when I was serving", the Spaniard said. "I just gave him the towel". "And, of course, I'm very, very happy and proud about it", the Serb told reporters.

Federer has returned to Bercy event after a three-year absence, chasing his 100th career title after claiming the Swiss Indoors crown last week.

But he reckoned he had no time to properly reflect on it while he was seeking another triumph at the Paris Masters.

The 31-year-old has been in top form this week but faces a hard last-eight opponent in Marin Cilic tomorrow.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev has booked a second round berth at the Paris masters after beating Francis Tiafoe.

Fifth seed Marin Cilic cruised into the third round with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber.

  • Lawrence Cooper