Paris Masters: Nishikori eases through while Isner is made to work

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Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts during his tennis match against Italy's Fabio Fognini during their men's singles third round tennis match on day four of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 - Rolex Paris Masters - indoor tennis tournament at The AccorHotels Arena in Paris, on November 1, 2018. South African seventh seed Kevin Anderson, the champion in Vienna at the weekend, battled past Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/3).

Maybe one of them will be able to add to the group's title haul in Paris and build momentum heading into London, where they've been much more successful over the years.

Cilic booked a meeting with Djokovic after defeating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. "I checked with the doctor and the doctor recommended I did not play".

Since August 2017, Nadal has spent the most weeks at the top of the rankings but he failed to reach the magical number of 200, withdrawing from Paris Masters and allowing Novak Djokovic to become world number 1 for the first time since October 2016.


"I would love to be in London, of course", said the Spaniard. His first serves are really fast, and he uses a lot of rotation and variation with his serves.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic met in the Paris final in 2015, the only all-Big 4 championship match there.

As for Round 3, Jack Sock may be the defending champion, but his form has tumbled since this time a year ago: he is just 7-20 in singles this season.

Cilic is closing in on an ATP Finals berth. "It is going to be a great match". It's been a tough year for me with injuries.


The former world No. 3 also had an injury-riddled 2017 campaign, including a seven-week absence due to wrist surgery that cost him a chance to play at that season's U.S. Open. "So, for me, it was a very quick decision", said Federer.

Khachanov booked a quarterfinal encounter with No 4 seed Alexander Zverev, who got past Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-2.

Fognini had broken back, halving the deficit with a fine backhand down the line, before squandering two break points as Federer was allowed to serve out the set.

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. Round 3 may bring the ever-improving power player, Karen Khachanov, and this quarter is topped by Alexander Zverev, whose debut here previous year ended in the second round.


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