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Djokovic marks return to top with win

Djokovic marks return to top with win

"Reflecting on what I've been through in the past year, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic after making the quarter-finals in Paris when Bosnian opponent Damir Dzumhur retired trailing 6-1, 2-1.

Djokovic, who knew on Wednesday he would be world No.1 next week after Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from the tournament through injury, was leading 6-1 2-1 when Bosnian Dzhumur retired at 6-1 2-1 after succumbing to a back problem.

"Reflecting on what I've been through in the past year, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic, who won Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open this summer.

When asked about the London finals he added: "I am very sorry but I can not answer you". "Five months ago, if you told me that (I would be No. 1 now), it was highly improbable at that time considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".

Federer, who won his 99th career title at the Swiss Indoors last Sunday, will next face 13th-seeded Fabio Fognini.

But it is Djokovic who will be top dog when the latest ATP rankings appear on Monday, irrespective of his fate in the French capital this week.

Sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem won 6-4, 6-2 against Gilles Simon, beating the Frenchman for the eighth time in 10 meetings.




The 16th seed knocked out France's home hope Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-3.

Returning from a right knee injury, Nadal faces Spanish countryman Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday, with 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer also in second-round action against Milos Raonic. It depends who is going to play the ATP Finals in London.

The Croat reached 2016 semifinals here upsetting Novak Djokovic, and a win would increase even more his chances to be at the ATP Finals in London. I checked with the doctor and he said that he recommended to not play, because if I continued the abdominal may break and could become a major thing. "Against Novak, it will be another big challenge".

"It was great to be here in Paris for a couple of days and practice with the guys", said Nadal who hasn't played since the US Open.

Defending champion Jack Sock did not face a break point and needed less than one hour to beat lucky loser Malek Jaziri 6-0, 6-4.

Meanwhile, fifth seed Marin Cilic cruised into the third round with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber.

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