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Djokovic through in Paris after Dimitrov scare

Novak Djokovic, who is battling to remain world number one, came from a set down to beat Grigor Dimitrov in the Paris Masters last 16.

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Djokovic through in Paris after Dimitrov scare
MIGUEL MEDINA AFP

Novak Djokovic survived an early wobble to defeat Grigor Dimitrov in the last 16 of the Paris Masters on Thursday as he fights to extend his run as world number one.

Made to work hard for three-set win

The record four-time champion will remain top of the rankings if he reaches the final in the French capital, but he was made to sweat before claiming a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Djokovic returns the ball to Dimitrov during his win over the Bulgarian.

The 29-year-old fell behind after losing serve twice in succession in an hour-long first set, but hit back in the second as the errors mounted for Dimitrov.

Djokovic then broke early in the final set to seize command and will next take on ninth seed Marin Cilic for a place in the semi-finals.

Murray up against Pouille

Andy Murray, chasing the Serb's world number one ranking, was taking on France's Lucas Pouille later in the day for a place in the quarter-finals.