Djokovic into Paris quarters as Dzumhur retires

Novak Djokovic

Nadal's withdrawal from Paris means that he will be replaced by Novak Djokovic at the top of the world rankings when they are released next Monday. It had significance for Nishikori too: every point is valuable, and the Japanese man added 90 to his cause with a straight-sets win.

Federer applied pressure from the off and, with Fognini evidently vulnerable on his second serve, a swift break was secured as the Italian found the net.

Djokovic secured his berth in quarterfinals after Damir Dzumhur was forced to pull out due to lower back pains at 2-1 down in the second set.

"It was great to be here in Paris for a couple of days and practise with the guys", said Nadal who has never won the Paris title. He stated after his loss in Miami to Frenchman Benoit Paire that it was "just impossible at the moment" to play his best tennis.

Nishikori, seeded 10, made the quarter-finals by beating the seventh-seeded Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to avenge his defeat to the big South African in Sunday's Vienna final. He won only six matches in his first six events of 2018, a drought that related to an elbow operation shortly after the Australian Open.

Roger Federer's bid for a 100th career title remains on as he beat Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3.

"Reflecting on what I've been through in the previous year, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic who will face Marin Cilic for a spot in the semi-finals. Tough to receive his missiles.

Then two games later, Nishikori again gave Anderson a run for his money on his serve, creating a few more break chances.

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Bulgarian ninth seed Grigor Dimitrov, who is working with U.S. legend Andre Agassi in Paris, went through with a 7-6 (12/10), 6-4 victory over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

Federer saved two break points when serving at 4-3 up in the second set and, after holding, immediately broke Fognini to love to seal the victory.

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.

"Reflecting on what I have been through in the a year ago, it's quite a phenomenal achievement".

In a high-quality contest between two other players 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.

Isner's USA compatriot Jack Sock, who's the defending Paris Masters champion, also advanced with a 6-0 6-4 triumph over Malek Jaziri.

Cilic booked a meeting with Djokovic after defeating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.

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