Federer Rejected $1 Million Saudi Offer, Nadal, Djokovic Face Questions For Accepting

Federer Rejected $1 Million Saudi Offer, Nadal, Djokovic Face Questions For Accepting

But he also admitted that the way the landmark was reached - through the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal from Paris with an abdominal issue - had dampened his excitement.

With the absence of Nadal from the tournament, Serbian Novak Djokovic, now world No. 2, is set to take the top spot of the ATP rankings, to be released on Monday.

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the investigation needs to be completed swiftly and wants an extradition request for 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia to be put on trial in Istanbul.

Asked in Paris on Tuesday if he was also previously invited, Federer said "they contacted me too, yeah".

World number three Federer beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-3 in one hour and 13 minutes.

The Wimbledon and US Open champion did not face a break point in the match and won 72% of first-serve points. "It's great to play him again".

The 31-year-old's elevation is remarkable as it comes just five months after he slumped to 22 in the world ― his lowest ranking for 12 years ― when he was knocked out of the French Open in the quarter-finals.

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However, former Liverpool FC star Murphy believes Lovren is a more than worthy third-choice centre-half in the Liverpool FC team. We worked very well for the 90 minutes and the two goals is the difference in the match.

"Right now we just don't have obviously enough information, and we have to look into that a bit more and then we'll make our decision soon", he added.

Federer, who is seeking a 100th career title, will next face Kei Nishikori on Friday after the Japenese str knocked out Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4.

Nadal was also non-committal when asked about his decision and indicated it was hard to pull out as they had signed the deal to play the exhibition match over a year ago.

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 file photo, Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Borna Coric of Croatia in their men's singles final match in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China.

The Serb won his last 16 tie with Damir Dzumhur after the Bosnian was forced to retire trailing 6-1, 2-1 at Bercy.

On a day of drama, the third seeded Roger Federer advanced to the third round by a walk-over when his scheduled opponent, Milos Raonic could not compete.

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

Fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev booked his place in the next round with a 6-4 6-4 win over Frances Tiafoe.

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