Djokovic in final; Nadal pulls out in Paris semis
Novak Djokovic reached his sixth Paris Masters final with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win on Saturday against Grigor Dimitrov while Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters with an abdominal injury just minutes before the scheduled start of his semifinal against Denis Shapovalov, and admitted his participation at the ATP Tour Finals was in doubt.
The top-ranked Serb remains on course for a fifth title at Bercy Arena where he faces Canadian youngster Shapovalov in Sunday's clash. Second seed Nadal could have secured the year-end world No 1 ranking ahead of Djokovic by winning the title this week. "It's a super sad moment for me," he said.
Nadal now faces a race to be fit in time for the ATP Finals, which start in London on November 10.
Earlier in the quarterfinals, the 33 year old Nadal beat French wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 while Shapovalov thrashed Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2.
Djokovic had earlier crushed seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1, 6-2 while Dimitrov saw off Chilean Cristian Garin 6-2, 7-5.