Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal an injury doubt for London

ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal an injury doubt for London

"And, of course, I'm very, very happy and proud about it", the Serb told reporters.

"Roger (Federer) is in the race".

Nadal withdrew before his quarter-final previous year, and he must match Djokovic's performance to retain top spot going into the season-ending Tour Finals in London.

It helped him to maintain the remarkable spell of form that has seen him rise from number 22 in June to the top of the game again.

He faces Marin Cilic in the last eight today.

The Serbian, who will return to world number one next week, was 6-1, 2-1 up when a back injury got the better of his Bosnian opponent.

In addition to Nadal, Milos Raonic and Marton Fucsovics withdrew from the last Masters 1000 event of the year on Wednesday, handing respective walkover victories to Roger Federer and Fabio Fognini.

Top of the pile, for the top two seeds, Nos 1 and 2 in the world, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, there is the head-to-head contest for that No1 ranking at the end of the tournament. The quarters could bring Kevin Anderson, who beat Federer at Wimbledon, or Kei Nishikori, who pressed him hard in five sets in his title run at the 2017 Australian Open. Obviously he has a big serve and a big game from back of the court.

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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.

Sousa beat Marco Cecchinato of Italy 7-5, 6-3 to set up the tie with Djokovic, who has won the Paris Masters four times.

"I wasn't", he said.

Fognini had broken back, halving the deficit with a fine backhand down the line, before squandering two break points as Federer was allowed to serve out the set.

Austrian Dominic Thiem had to come from behind to beat Borna Coric 6-7 (3) 6-2 7-5 and his reward is a last-eight meeting with America's Jack Sock, a 6-0 6-4 victor over Malek Jaziri.

In the first quarterfinal of the day, young big men Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov collide.

That went the distance too but this was a different story for Isner, who won early points against the Kazakh's serve to take the match.

In a high-quality contest between two others seeking a London berth, Dominic Thiem, back in the city where he reached the French Open final, ended Borna Coric's slim hopes while boosting his own with a 6-7 (3) 6-2 7-5 win.

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