Djokovic reaches Paris Masters quarterfinals; Cilic wins

Ruben Holloway
November 4, 2018

"Of course, I'm very, very happy and proud about it".

Kei Nishikori beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson on Thursday to advance to the Paris Masters quarterfinals, setting up a clash with Roger Federer.

Last year's ATP Finals champion, Grigor Dimitrov, has linked up with Andre Agassi this week and hopes the former world number one can become a more regular part of his team.

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.

The Japanese's last win over the 20-time major victor came in 2014.

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Cilic has beaten Djokovic just twice in 17 meetings.

The Serbian, who will return to world number one next week, was 6-1, 2-1 up when a back injury got the better of his Bosnian opponent.

Djokovic turned his form around, winning four of the past five tournaments he has entered, including Wimbledon, the US Open and most recently the Shanghai Masters. The Swiss great starts his quest for his 100th ATP title in the last 16 on Thursday after his Wednesday rival Milos Raonic withdrew through an elbow injury.

Novak Djokovic began his bid for a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title with a 7-5, 6-1 win against Joao Sousa in the second round on Tuesday, and lent a helping hand to a spectator in the process. "I was checking with the doctor and the doctor says that is recommended to not play, because if I continue the abdominal maybe can break and can be a major thing, and I really don't want that". Obviously he has a big serve and big game from back of the court.

Djokovic and Cilic were later joined in the quarter-finals by Karen Khachanov who saved two match points agaisnt John Isner on his way to defeating the eight-seeded American 6-4, 6-7 (9/11), 7-6 (10/8).

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

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.

Sock next faces No. 6 Dominic Thiem, who used 14 aces as he rallied to beat No. 11 Borna Coric 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-5.

In the quarter-finals, Khachanov will meet Germany's fourth seed Alexander Zverev, who subdued the scurrying defiance of Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-2.

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