Djokovic halts match to help unwell fan despite whistles from Paris crowd

04 November, 2018, 22:02 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Djokovic also missed last year's event as he dropped outside the top 10 for the first time in over a decade, but the Serb, who was lingering down at a ranking of 22nd as recently as June, arrives having won 27 of his last 28 matches. He easily beat Fabio Fognini in straight sets.

On the court, Dzumhur suffered a tweak to his lower back when 4-1 down in the opening set. Obviously he has a big serve and big game from back of the court.

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

"In both the US Open and Shanghai, I've played as good as ever", said Djokovic, who claimed his 14th major championship in NY.

Djokovic will return to world number one in the ATP rankings on Monday after Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters. Djokovic was in total control and did not face a break point, breaking Dzumhur's serve three times.

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.

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., was coming off a tough 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) first-round win over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday. "For me, it was a very quick decision".

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Seeking a record-equalling 33rd Masters and record-extending fifth Paris title, Djokovic will face a much more challenging test in the last eight against Marin Cilic.

Djokovic said on Sunday: "My team is in touch with the people in Saudi Arabia as well as Rafa's team and we are all talking to understand the situation better".

"I would love to be in London, of course", said the Spaniard.

Federer showed fighting qualities last week in Basel, where he was twice taken to three sets and went an early break down in three of his last four matches. Round 3 may bring the ever-improving power player, Karen Khachanov, and this quarter is topped by Alexander Zverev, whose debut here past year ended in the second round.

The Russian will next play Alexander Zverev after the German fourth seed beat Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4, 6-2.

The giant American saved four match points before the 22-year-old Khachanov, who had already staved off two himself, finally threaded a backhand victor past the net-rushing Isner to win after almost two-and-a-half hours of massive hitting.

Defending champion Jack Sock shrugged off lucky loser Malek Jaziri from Tunisia 6-0, 6-4, establishing a duel against the 2018 Roland Garros runner-up Dominic Thiem.


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