Novak Djokovic helps ill spectator on way to victory at Paris Masters

Djokovic 'Rafael Nadal's defensive skills are the best. While Federer...'

Djokovic 'Rafael Nadal's defensive skills are the best. While Federer...'

If Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic thought that the controversy over their exhibition in Saudi Arabia might melt away they received a rude awakening on Tuesday, courtesy of their rival Roger Federer.

The revelation from the Swiss ace comes after Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both broke their silence on the upcoming showdown in the country.

Earlier this month, the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a high-profile critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, sparking worldwide outrage.

Amnesty International has urged Nadal and Djokovic not to play in the event and both players said on Monday they intend to monitor the situation before making a decision.

The exhibition is another example of Saudi Arabia's desire to grow its sporting portfolio.

"It's bad that one journalist lost his life. So, for me, it was a very quick decision", said Federer.

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Djokovic issued a similar message, saying: "Of course I'm aware of what's happening and it's sad".

Federer's decision not to play wouldn't appear to have anything to do with Khashoggi's death as deals were put in place around 12 months ago.

Returning from a right knee injury, Nadal faces Spanish countryman Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday, with 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer also in action against Milos Raonic. I've been always trying to be very professional and respectful towards people that I have commitments with.

The 37-year-old confirmed he would break a three-year absence by participating at this year's Paris Masters tournament.

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., fired 23 aces won 90 per cent of first serve points in the match between two big servers. It's OK. I'm happy practising. "I've already done enough practice this season, So I feel like if that helps me for London, that's a great thing". So yeah, I'll give it a go tomorrow. "I feel good today (Tuesday)", he added after winning the Swiss indoor championships in Basel on Sunday. He is cautious about his chances of success in Paris, where his only tournament victory came in 2011.

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