Rafael Nadal of Spain talks to media as he announces his withdraw from the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters Wednesday guaranteeing Novak Djokovic's return to the world No. 1 spot.Djokovic arrived in Paris knowing that he would regain the top spot he relinquished two years ago if he bettered the Spaniard's performance at the indoor event he has won four times.The Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion becomes the first player to start the season outside the top 20 and end up top of the ATP rankings since Marat Safin in 2000 .Nadal was forced to withdraw from his U.S. Open semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro in early September with a knee injury.After Paris the ATP tour's eight top-ranked players congregate in London from Nov. 11 for the season's Finals.
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