Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic voice concerns over controversial Saudi Arabia exhibition

Paris Masters Rafael Nadal withdraws Djokovic all set to become No 1

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Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic said they are evaluating their scheduled exhibition in Saudi Arabia following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Amnesty International have condemned the game which the pair were at pains to point out they committed to over a year ago - before the recent death of Khashoggi.

"I don't like to involve myself in any political exchange or situations, it's unfortunate that we are both drawn into this right now", Djokovic told reporters at a news conference ahead of the Paris Masters. "Of course, I would love to [remain] No 1 but I am here to just try my best every day".

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"It's awful that one journalist lost their life".

The exhibition is another example of Saudi Arabia's desire to grow its sporting portfolio. "I hope things will clarify as soon as possible".

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.

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Roger Federer finally confirmed that he would take part in the Paris Masters after fears he could pull out again after a three year absence. I mean, it's the only thing that you can feel when you see something like that and when you hear something like that.

Tennis stars Djokovic and Nadal have expressed doubt as to whether they will play an exhibition match at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on December 22, but they have not withdrawn. "So, for me, it was a very quick decision". "As long as I don't feel like I'm taking a chance on my health prior to London (the ATP Tour Finals), that's the key as well", Federer said. "But I was happy how I was fighting, how I was trying to figure it out in a different manner", he said. "I'm excited", he added, after winning the Swiss indoor championships in Basel on Sunday. On his last appearance in 2015 he was knocked out by American John Isner in the round of 16. He is cautious about his chances of success in Paris, where his only tournament victory came in 2011.

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