Following Rafael Nadal's withdrawal on Wednesday, Djokovic is set to regain the top spot at the upcoming ATP Rankings next Monday, the first time over the past two years.
Nadal, who has never won the Paris Masters, begins his campaign in the French capital against fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, a 6-4, 6-4 victor over France's Jeremy Chardy.
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. I've played in only nine tournaments and have retired in two. But the outcome proved to be double disappointment as both matches were cancelled and Nadal's participation at the upcoming Nitto ATP Finals thrown into doubt. Nadal has dealt with off-and-on knee problems for years and, given his injury record, the 32-year-old Spaniard prefers to be cautious.
Novak Djokovic has stopped play at the Paris Masters to help a struggling spectator.
Brazil elects firebrand Jair Bolsonaro
Popular anti-corruption judge, Joaquim Barbosa, who jailed several top PT leaders for corruption, also came out for Haddad . In Sao Paulo , the economic capital, Marcos Kotait, 40, a publicist, said he had "never seen such a polarized election".
Djokovic, who seems to have reinvented the hunger, has managed to maintain the new-found consistency with titles at US Open and Shanghai Masters.
"It's going to be a tough one", Djokovic added.
"I feel like it's better for me to play matches rather than practice", Federer said. "With my performance today I gave myself the best present I good ask for for tomorrow".
The 37-year-old Swiss had only made a late decision to compete in Bercy after winning his 99th title in his home town Basel on Sunday but, despite a touch of raggedness, was sharp enough to outclass the Italian 6-4, 6-3 in his opening match.
The 31-year-old has been in top form this week but faces a hard last-eight opponent in Marin Cilic tomorrow.
Gaza rockets hit Israel after five Palestinians killed in border flareup
The Islamic Jihad group claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks, saying they were in response to the deaths on Friday. Hamas has demanded a full lifting of the blockade, which has made it increasingly hard for Hamas to govern.
Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev saved all four break points he faced in beating Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-2.
Nishikori beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-4 while Isner battled past Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (1).
"Roger is in the race".
Sock goes up against Dominic Thiem on Friday after the 2018 French Open finalist edged Borna Coric 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 7-5.
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