Injured Monfils pulls out of Djokovic clash in Paris

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Oct 13, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Gael Monfils (FRA) hits a changeable against Alexander Zverev (GER) successful their 4th circular lucifer during the BNP Paribas Open astatine the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

PARIS, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Frenchman Gael Monfils withdrew hours earlier his lucifer against Novak Djokovic successful the Paris Masters connected Thursday owed to an adductor strain, sending the Serbian satellite fig 1 into the quarter-finals.

After his 2nd circular triumph implicit compatriot Adrian Mannarino, Monfils said helium got injured during the lucifer and an ultrasound connected Thursday revealed a muscular lesion.

"I person the content that to beryllium optimistic, successful astir 10 days I volition beryllium astatine 100%, but due to the fact that of muscular lesion, you conscionable request rest," Monfils told reporters, confirming that it was the extremity to his 2021 season.

Djokovic, who is playing his archetypal tourney since finishing runner-up successful the U.S. Open, volition look the victor of Cameron Norrie and Taylor Fritz successful the quarter-finals.

Poland's Hubert Hurkacz besides booked his spot successful the quarter-finals with a 4-6 7-5 6-2 triumph implicit German Dominik Koepfer, to amended his chances of qualifying for the Nov. 14-21 ATP Finals successful Turin.

The season-ending tourney is played betwixt the apical 8 men's singles players and doubles teams.

Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini person qualified for the lawsuit with 2 spots yet to beryllium confirmed.

Norway's Casper Ruud is successful seventh spot portion Hurkacz presently sits successful the last automatic qualification spot.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly successful Mumbai; editing by Toby Davis

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