Marin Cilic vs. John Isner 2016 Paris Masters Semifinals Pick, Odds, Prediction

In today's quarter-final, Djokovic, trailing 5-7 and with Cilic leading 40-0, saved two match points to keep his own hopes alive in the match, but could not prove a match for Cilic, who played more relentlessly attacking tennis today.

Djokovic has suffered a loss of form since completing a career Grand Slam at the French Open in June.

"I think it is possible for him to become world No 1 but I sense that Murray is a bit exhausted", said the Frenchman.

The Serb needed four set points before claiming the opener, with Djokovic then breaking at 4-all in the second to extend his Paris winning streak to 16 matches. The other matches in the last eight are Raonic against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and John Isner versus Jack Sock.

Earlier in the day, Croatia's Cilic defeated eighth-seeded Belgian David Goffin with a 6-3 7-6 (11/9) win, while fourth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic was made to work hard before he also progressed thanks to a 4-6 6-1 6-2 victory over Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay.

When Struff eventually broke Wawrinka in the seventh game of the deciding set — at the 14th attempt — Wawrinka tossed his racket to the ground.

Dimitrov is blessed with an abundance of talent but while he was playing as best he could to take the first set, there was always the feeling that Djokovic had many more gears to go through to get the job done.

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"I was expecting it", Cilic said.

"But once I got out there, no, it didn't change much". I just want to finish the year as best as I can.

Holder Djokovic, seeking a fifth Paris Masters title, produced an under-par display.

The top seed uncharacteristically gifted the break back, though, after a pair of costly double faults, and Cilic had him on the ropes as two match points passed by at 6-5 on a faltering Djokovic serve.

It went less smoothly for Murray, who overcame a second-set blip to down Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-7 (5) 7-5.

It could end up being a Murray v Djokovic showdown in London; however, if Djokovic wins in Paris and Murray fails to make the semi-finals, the Serb would retain his end-of-year ranking for a third consecutive year. "It was the goal of the season for me, to reach the Tour Finals in London". Not only would the Scot be the first Briton since Fred Perry to hold that ranking, he would also be one of the oldest first-time World No.1s on the ATP World Tour.

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