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djokovic loses to cilic; murray can move to no. 1

PARIS — Novak Djokovic lost to Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) in the Paris Masters quarterfinals Friday, leaving his No. 1 ranking open to being snatched by Andy Murray.

Murray can go from ATP No. 2 to 1 for the first time if he reaches the final. He needs one more win after beating No. 11 Tomas Berdych 7-6 (9-7), 7-5. His semifinal opponent is Milos Raonic, who defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

Cilic is now 1-14 against Djokovic.

Djokovic, the tournament's three-time defending champion, made mistakes from the baseline, called the tournament doctor during the first set, had an inconsistent serve and hurt his comeback hopes when he served for the second set at 5-4, hit two double faults and was broken. Djokovic, who has been No. 1 for 122 straight weeks, saved two match points in the 12th game with a volley and crosscourt forehand winner. But Cilic, who had nine aces, served well in the tiebreaker. "I wasn't on the level that I could have been on," Djokovic said. "He is a deserved winner."

ET CETERA

autos: Austin Dillon earned the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup Texas 500 with a fast lap of 192.301 mph. Joey Logano (192.269 mph) qualified second and will have the best starting position of the eight drivers still eligible for the season championship. … Johnny Sauter won his second consecutive Chase for the Championship race in the NASCAR truck series, making a late pass by going high around Chase contender Matt Crafton just before the line with two laps left in the Striping Technology 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. … Matt Tifft has gone from uncertainty about his NASCAR future while recovering from surgery for a brain tumor to a full-time ride in the Xfinity series. Joe Gibbs Racing said Tifft, 20, will drive for the team in all 33 races in 2017.

broadcasting: HBO's weekly talk show Any Given Wednesday will end its run next week after less than five months. HBO said it was a joint decision with host Bill Simmons, who said the show failed to resonate with audiences. HBO Sports said it will develop new programs with Simmons.

soccer: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have an eight-year grip on the FIFA player of the year award and were among 23 named as contenders for 2016. Ronaldo led Portugal to its first European Championship and Real Madrid to a record 11th European Cup title in the Champions League.

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Sports in brief 11/04/16 [Last modified: Friday, November 4, 2016 11:05pm]
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