Djokovic wins Paris opener as Federer confirms return

Djokovic wins Paris opener as Federer confirms return

Djokovic wins Paris opener as Federer confirms return

Djokovic extended his winning streak to 20 straight matches and equalled a personal record of 29 consecutive completed sets won as he maintained the remarkable spell of form that has seen him rise from number 22 in June to the top of the game again.

At this point in the tournament in Paris, Djokovic has reached the third round, where they will play against Bosnian Damir Jumhuri.

Announcing his withdrawal at a hastily arranged press conference Nadal said: "My abdominal muscles haven't felt good for the past few days, especially on serve, doctors recommended that I didn't play". "At the same time I played only nine events and got injured in two of them - both have been at Grand Slams", Nadal told ATP's official website.

With the season-ending ATP Finals in London starting November 11, he is playing three straight tournaments.

Canada's Milos Raonic has also pulled out of his second-round match against Roger Federer with a right elbow injury.

Federer refusal is nowhere linked to Khashoggi's death and the Spaniard Nadal says this contract was signed a year ago.

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At least Federer's quest for a 100 singles title should continue on Thursday in Paris.

He added: "I am going to fight as strong as I can to win as many matches as possible".

"I wasn't", he said. "I'll give it a go [on Wednesday]".

"I am very close to London, to securing my spot mathematically", said Cilic, who is part of the Croatia team facing France in the Davis Cup final at the end of this month.

Djokovic, who seems to have reinvented the hunger, has managed to maintain the new-found consistency with titles at US Open and Shanghai Masters.

The Australian Open champion is drawn in the same half as Djokovic, Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic and big-serving Kevin Anderson, who upset Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals this year.

Elsewhere, German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, playing his 70th match of the season, defeated Frances Tiafoe of the United States 6-4, 6-4 while defending champion Jack Sock put out Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-3.

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