Kazakhstan's Kukushkin outplays Herbert at Paris Masters

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Nadal who has not played since retiring injured in the U.S. Open semi-finals, withdrew because of injury. "I'll give it a go [on Wednesday]".

'I checked with the doctor and the doctor recommended that I did not play.

Previously, Raonic survived the first-round thriller a day earlier as he edged out home-favourite Jo Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (4) 6-7 (5) 7-6 (5). A knee injury forced him to withdraw from the semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in NY.

Nadal did not say whether he will play at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, beginning November 11.

Nadal suggested he would seek more information, telling a press conference on the eve of tournament: "I had a commitment since one year ago".

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When asked for the reasoning behind the decision, the 37-year-old replied: "I prefer not to play". I want to keep playing tennis for a couple of years, so I have to do the logical thing'. Of course, going back to Belgrade, being welcomed by 100,000 people on the main square, was something that will probably never happen again.

Nadal is optimistic his latest injury will pass, providing he does not rush back.

Djokovic will play Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in the third round.

"I feel like I recovered well from last week", Federer said.

The record 20-time Grand Slam victor Federer, who won his 99th career title at the Swiss Indoors last Sunday, will next face 13th-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy.

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The four-time Paris champion faces Marin Cilic in the last eight on Friday.

There were also wins for defending champion Jack Sock Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, Diego Schwartzman and Malek Jaziri.

On the court in Paris, Kei Nishikori and John Isner kept their hopes of gatecrashing the Tour Finals alive with victories.

World number 57 Herbert was beaten by Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin in three sets (3-6, 6-3, 7-5) while Jeremy Chardy, ranked 40th, lost 6-4, 6-4 to Spain's Fernando Verdasco.

Isner and Nishikori must reach the final to have any chance at a London qualification.

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