Nishikori steams past Anderson, will meet Federer in quarterfinals

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Novak Djokovic can complete a stunning return to world number one at the Paris Masters this week as Rafael Nadal hits the comeback trail for the first time since limping out of the US Open. He is only the second man, after Marat Safin, to climb from outside the top 20 to No 1 in the same year. At this point in the tournament in Paris, Djokovic has reached the third round, where they will play against Bosnian Damir Jumhuri.

"Roger is in the race".

"My team right now is in touch with the people in Saudi Arabia as well as Rafa's and of course we are all talking to understand the situation better", the 14-time Grand Slam champion said Sunday.

Djokovic, who is looking to win his 33rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown this week in the French capital, will return to the summit of men's professional tennis on Monday nearly two years to the day since he completed his 223rd and most recent week in top spot.

Ninth seed Barty broke Garcia once in each set to win the round-robin tie 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 16 minutes.

Also, Roger Federer advanced to the third round on Wednesday after big-serving Milos Raonic retired with a right elbow injury. "With my performance today I gave myself the best present I good ask for for tomorrow".

Federer, 37, who captured his 99th trophy on home ground in Basel last week, will next face Japan's Kei Nishikori who beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4.

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He said he was trying to play in Paris without pressure and that his major concern was regaining the ATP World Tour title in London later this month.

Speaking at a press conference the same day, Nadal said: "I arrived here a couple of days ago, as everyone knows I have been outside of the competition since the US Open".

The win improved the Croat's prospects of making the ATP Finals in London starting Nov 11.

"I am very close to London, to securing my spot mathematically", Cilic said."Against Novak, it will be another big challenge".

Fifth-seeded Marin Cilic, the Australian Open runner-up, won his second-round match 6-3, 6-4 against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

Djokovic has won 15 of 17 against Cilic but they have split two meetings this year. The Austrian Thiem went the distance to defeat Borna Coric 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-5.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev also cruised into the last eight with a 6-4 6-2 win over Diego Schwartzman.

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