Novak Djokovic calls it a return to the world of the first grade & # 39; Unusual development & # 39; On Thursday, he and his former team Roger Federer moved to Paris Masters quarter finals.
Fourth-place playmaker Djokovic made it to the last eight when Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur retired from 6-1, 2-1.
Federer defeated Italian-born Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3, after winning a third Swiss title after winning his 100th cap.
Djokovic will replace Rafael Nadal, the best player in the world on Monday after missing two years.
The 31-year-old has long been five months since he failed to become the 22-year-old world-at least 12 years – after the French Open quarter-final.
Since then, he won the Wimbledon and the US Open, with Grand Slam, 14, winning 20 consecutive matches for the sixth, and 29 of the 30 matches the latest.
"Talking about what I've been through last year, it's a great victory," said Djokovic, who will face Marin Cicic in the semi-final.
"I am very happy and happy, five months ago, it was very poor and we respect the level and how I played and felt the court.
"I think I have the ability to talk about a lot of issues during the season, and I hope to finish with the number 1"
Federer, 37, won his 99th birthday at Basel last week, with Kei Nishikori beaten by South Africa Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4.
The third edition of Federer played for Paris Masters for the first time since 2015 and is competing for the second time in his career in 2011.
"I think ours are far from the best, but we have been fighting for what we have, at the end I think we've been doing well at Fabio's important moments," Federer said in his first game. a week after the second round of the Milos Raonic race on Wednesday.
Nishikori, 10, has failed to win the Anderson League final in Vienna.
However, he has a 2-6-point deficit against Federer last time he wins the 20 most successful wins in 2014.
Djokovic was promised a return to the tournament when Nadal left Paris and suffered a hamstring injury on Wednesday.
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"It's not the end of the season, Rafa clearly struggled with injuries since he opened the US Open, but the tournament is still here," added Djokovic after his third title in a row by winning 30, appearing in the last 29 years. .
"Roger is in the competition, Rafa is in the competition, depending on the person who plays at the ATP Final in London, I say, can not be too complicated."
Delicatess, the fifth edition, confirmed his quarter-finals in 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 defeat to Grigor Dimitrov.
Cilic dismissed 29 people who have been successful in the past eight years.
The victory also promoted Croatia's hopes to the ATP final in London in November 11.
"I am very close to London, to count my place," said Cilic, who is part of the Croatia squad for the Davis Cup final at the end of the month.
"The next game against Novak will be another great challenge" (It will be) to play again. "
Cilic beat Djokovic only twice in 17 games.
Karen Khachanov beat John Isner for two consecutive seasons to win 8-4, 6-7 (9/11), 7-6 (10/8).
Russia will play next match Alexander Zverev after Germany's fourth German winner Diego Schwartzman beat Argentina 6-4, 6-2.
Austrian sixth place Dominic Thiem reached the quarter-finals of Paris, for the first time, with Borna Coric 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 7-5.
Thiem, also in the ATP Finals, faces the following defending champions Jack Sock in the United States.