Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Djokovic revels in 'highly improbable' return to number one

Djokovic revels in 'highly improbable' return to number one

Novak Djokovic celebrated his elevation to world number one by reaching a new personal landmark to reach the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Thursday.

Current winning streak Djokovic is 19 matches.

"It was welcome because my body needed it, " Federer said. "I just gave him the towel".

"It would not be fair to say it's a real injury today but what is sure, if I continue it will be a real injury", he said. I just go day by day, as I did all my tennis career.

It marked the culmination of a dizzying ascent by the Serb, who won grand slams at Wimbledon and the US Open as well as Masters 1000 titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai in his dominant run in the second half of the year.

Novak Djokovic has spoken of his pride at a "highly improbable" return to the top of the ATP rankings.

Cilic, the fifth seed, secured his quarter-final ticket with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 defeat of Grigor Dimitrov.

He will play Karen Khachanov after the 22-year-old bested John Isner 6-4 6-7 (9-11) 7-6 (10-8).

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Should Nadal be fit for the eight-man ATP Finals he will be joined on the London bill by Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev and Kevin Anderson. Federer leads the big-serving Canadian 11-3 overall. [It will be] great to play him again'.

"I feel like it's better for me to play matches rather than practice, and I think that's it". The 34-year-old Spaniard will meet compatriot Nadal in the second round on Wednesday.

If both players lose in the same round, Nadal will retain the world number one ranking heading into the season-ending ATP Finals in London next month. "So as I said, I can't be too ecstatic about it".

"I would love to be in London", he added.

"I was a bit bumpy". "Of course, I'm very, very happy and proud about it". "Last week was special to win the way I did it, in a different manner". He is cautious about his chances of success in Paris, where his only tournament victory came in 2011.

The Austrian will next face a rejuvenated Jack Sock after the defending champion, who has endured a dramatic slump in the year since, outplayed Tunisian lucky loser Malek Jaziri 6-0 6-4 to win back-to-back matches for the first time in 2018.

"I didn't want to play there at that time. So starting on Wednesday and winning five matches in a row with this caliber [of players] is very hard", Federer said.

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