Roger Federer withdraws from Paris Masters 


World number three Roger Federer has announced that he will be withdrawing from this week’s Paris Masters in order to “pace” himself for the next year.  

In a statement released by Federer on Monday, the 38-year-old said, “I am extremely disappointed to have to pull out of the Paris Masters.”  

“I have to pace myself since I want to play as long as possible on the ATP Tour. 

“I am sorry for my French fans who I will see next year at Roland Garros.” 

Tournament director Guy Forget expressed disappointment over Federer’s late decision to withdraw. 

On Sunday, Federer warned after winning his 10th Basel title that he may skip the trip to Paris. 

“My fitness is fine, I’m happy with how I feel,” he said. 

“I just don’t know if I should play next week. I’ll figure it out with the team.” 

The world number three has already secured a spot in the ATP Finals, which start on 10 November at the O2 Arena. 

World number one Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, and Stefanos Tsitsipas are the other five to have guaranteed a place, with the Paris Masters set to determine who clinches the final two spots. 

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