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Djokovic One Victory From World No. 1

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Djokovic© AFP/Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic beat Richard Gasquet in straight sets on Sunday.

Serbian Novak Djokovic is one victory away from becoming World No. 1 after he advanced to the Roland Garros semi-finals when Fabio Fognini of Italy pulled out of their match on Tuesday.

World No. 49 Fognini withdrew from the quarter-final clash with a left thigh injury, sustained during his five-set win over Albert Montanes of Spain on Sunday.

"I have a small muscle tear and the doctors have decided that I should not play tomorrow," said Fognini, who was the first Italian man to reach the Roland Garros quarter-finals since Renzo Furlan 1995.

"It's really difficult. I am finally in Paris playing against Djokovic tomorrow and he hadn't lost like 40 matches in a row. It's difficult because it's the best tournament of my career, but I think it's the best solution."

Should 24-year-old Djokovic book his place in the Roland Garros final be would become No. 1 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings next week. The only way Rafael Nadal can retain his World No. 1 ranking is if he wins the title and Djokovic loses before the final.

Djokovic has compiled a 41-0 match record on the year. He has won 43 consecutive matches dating back to the Davis Cup final in December.

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