Rafael Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters making Novak Djokovic world No 1

• Nadal pulls out of tournament with abdominal injury
• Djokovic certain of top spot regardless of Paris display

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters because of an injury, a move that means Novak Djokovic will take over as world No 1 when the new ATP rankings are announced on Monday.

Tournament organisers in Paris announced on Wednesday that Nadal had pulled out because of an abdominal strain. An official statement, posted on Twitter, read: “Rafael Nadal has withdrawn and will be replaced by Malek Jaziri, who will face Fernando Verdasco in the last match of the daytime session.”

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