Djokovic in Paris Masters quar­ters

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 4 -

PARIS – Novak Djokovic cel­e­brated his re­turn to the sum­mit of world tennis with a stroll into the quar­ter­fi­nals at the Paris Masters yes­ter­day as out­classed Damir Dzumhur had to re­tire with in­jury in the sec­ond set of their third-round clash.

The Serb, who learnt on Wed­nes­day that he would be back as world num­ber one next week fol­low­ing Rafa Nadal’s with­drawal from the tour­na­ment through in­jury, was lead­ing 6-1 2-1 when the Bos­nian sub­mit­ted to a back prob­lem that had flared up in the first set.

Djokovic ex­tended his win­ning streak to 20 straight matches and equalled a per­sonal record of 29 con­sec­u­tive com­pleted sets won as he main­tained the re­mark­able spell of form that has seen him rise from num­ber 22 in June to the top of the game again. Dzumhur, com­mit­ted and coura­geous on the Bercy arena’s cen­tral court, suf­fered a tweak to his lower back when 4-1 down in the open­ing set.

Clearly in pain, he bat­tled on in an 11-minute sixth game which even­tu­ally saw him bro­ken for a sec­ond time and, though he con­tin­ued af­ter re­ceiv­ing physio treat­ment in a time-out and tak­ing pain-killers, there was no way back.

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