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

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PARIS, Oct 30 ― Roger Federer is poised to seek his 100th ATP title at the Paris Masters this week with organisers announcing the Swiss great "arrives" today.

Djokovic will replace Rafael Nadal as the world's top player on Monday after a two-year absence.

Incumbent world number one Nadal has not played since a knee injury led to him retiring from his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro.

If he wins against Nishikori, he could face Novak Djokovic in the semifinals - but Federer is thinking more about winning the ATP Finals.

Novak Djokovic will become the third first racket of the world in 2018.

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If he wins that, against Kei Nishikori , he could face Novak Djokovic in the semifinals - but Federer is thinking more about winning the season-ending ATP Finals, which start November 11.

He will make the cut for the season-ender if he downs Djokovic, who is looking to win the tournament - which would be a record-equalling 33rd Masters title - for a record-extending fifth time.

Federer received a walkover from Raonic, who cited a right elbow injury.

Murray did manage to break through in the midst of his winning streak that took him to No. 1 for the first time in 2016 by beating John Isner in the final.

Nishikori has been in fine form ever since his comeback from an injury earlier this year. That gave No. 13 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy a walkover.

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Furthermore, all three of their losses have come to teams ranked in the Playoff poll, including No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson . The two years Oklahoma has made the college football playoff , the Sooners didn't begin in the top four of the initial rankings.

"If I continued, the abdominal could maybe break and be a major thing".

Canada's Milos Raonic came from a set down to reach the second round with a hard-fought 6-7 (4) 7-6 (5) 7-6 (5) win over local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Will the help of Andre Agassi, who has joined him in Paris, revitalise his results?

"I don't want to get into details but I think it's a minor thing", he said. He went on to trail 4-5 while leading 40-15, but let slip his advantage in the tenth game to lose 6-4 in the first set.

The Australian Open champion is drawn in the same half as Djokovic; Cilic and big-serving Kevin Anderson, who upset Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals this year.

There may be an element of the precautionary with his, as the ATP Tour Finals begin in less than two weeks.

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Elsewhere, German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, playing his 70th match of the season, defeated Frances Tiafoe of the United States 6-4, 6-4 while defending champion Jack Sock put out Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-3.