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TENNIS: Djokovic Move Top of ATP Rankings, Nadal Out of France

Tennis – 1000 – Paris Masters – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France – October 30, 2018 Serbia’s in action during his second round match against Portugal’s REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Novak Djokovic’s return to world number one spot after pulled out of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.

Announcing his withdrawal at a hastily arranged media conference Nadal said: “My abdominal muscles haven’t felt good for the past few days, especially on serve, doctors recommended that I didn’t play.”

Djokovic arrived in Paris knowing that he would regain the top spot he relinquished two years ago if he bettered the Spaniard’s performance at the indoor event he has won four times. The and champion becomes the first player to start the season outside the top 20 and end up top of the since Marat Safin in 2000.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion had begun his pursuit of the top spot in encouraging fashion with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of Joao Sousa on Tuesday, his 19th consecutive win.

For Nadal it means delaying his long awaited comeback from injury which has kept him sidelined since the US Open.

Nadal was forced to withdraw from his US Open semi-final against in early September with a knee injury.

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