Milos Raonic pulls out of Paris Masters match against Roger Federer

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It is unclear whether Nadal, whose spot in the draw will be taken by lucky-loser Malek Jaziri, will be able to feature at the season-ending ATP Finals in London next month.

The last time the Serb had led the ATP rankings was on October 31, 2016.

It also left Paris ticketholders feeling frustrated after Roger Federer's later match with Milos Raonic was called off after Canadian Raonic also pulled out injured.

Roger Federer had cast doubts in his appearance in Paris this season, after competing and triumphing in Basel just a few days back. At the US Open, he retired during his match against Juan Martin del Potro.

"Yesterday, in the long match with Jo, in the middle of the second set, I overextended my elbow and it did some kind of pain", Raonic said. It would not be fair and not good for me and for nobody to go inside the court knowing that probably the full tournament will not be possible to play'.

The Swiss world number three will play the victor of the tie between France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Croatia's Milos Raonic on Wednesday after receiving a bye in the first round.

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Nadal has not played since the US Open in September, when he suffered a knee injury in the semi-final and his comeback has been now been curtailed.

The Swiss star missed the event the past two years due to a combination of injury and selective scheduling. He then skipped the Asia swing to recover, missing tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai. "And I have also not played in this city for some time", said the Basel open champion.

Federer, who won his 99th career title at the Swiss Indoors last Sunday, will face 13th-seeded Fabio Fognini.

'As you know, when you come back after injuries, and you push a little bit the body at the beginning, some issues can happen'.

In the early action on Wednesday, Kei Nishikori and John Isner kept their hopes of gatecrashing the Tour Finals alive with victories.

The 16th-seeded Sock saved all four break points he faced in a 6-3, 6-3 win against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, while Zverev advanced 6-4, 6-4 over American Francis Tiafoe.