Djokovic in fi­nal; Nadal pulls out in Paris semis

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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.

No­vak Djokovic

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