The former world No 1, who has slipped to 122nd in the rankings, will join defending champion Reilly Opelka, top-ranked American John Isner and Canada’s Milos Raonic in the Florida field.
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Djokovic had problems with his eye in the third set but dismantled Raonic’s potent serve to win 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-1)
Ivanisevic, who became the only man to win the men’s singles as a wild card in 2001, will work with Djokovic for the first week of Wimbledon.
Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal remained on course for a mouth-watering semi-final clash at the BNP Paribas Open with straightforward fourth round victories in the California desert on Wednesday.
Germany’s Alexander Zverev brandished his credentials as an Australian Open title contender by dispatching local wildcard Alex Bolt 6-3 6-3 6-2 in the third round on Saturday.
Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic have been forced to withdraw from the Paris Masters with both players’ seasons now in doubt.
The Swiss, playing his first tournament since March after skipping the clay-court season, beat Canadian Milos Raonic for his 98th career title.
The Canadian tweeted: “It is with a heavy heart that I am withdrawing from Roland Garros. I have many great memories there, but I know I need to continue working hard to put myself in the best position when I step out on the court. Thank you all for your support and see you soon on the grass.”
Del Potro, who claimed the Indian Wells title earlier this month, fed off the energy of a raucous crowd that was firmly behind the Argentine, wearing down the 20th-seeded Canadian in a match lasting almost three hours.
Federer’s win thus sets up a final showdown on Sunday with Juan Martin del Potro who cruised to a 6-2 6-3 win over Milos Raonic.
The 35-year-old is the only remaining top-four seed in contention for the title after Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray were knocked out, while Novak Djokovic was forced to retire due to an elbow injury
The South Australian, in just his fifth match in almost a year, following shoulder surgery and groin, abdominal and pec injuries
The Spaniard, who ended last season early because of a wrist injury, will now play Milos Raonic in the semi-final of the Abu Dhabi exhibition event
Murray broke Raonic’s serve only once in the match, while the Canadian had some chances in the third set but failed to convert