Tuesday October 30, 2012
Federer withdraws from Paris Masters after loss to Del Potro
PARIS: Roger Federer on Sunday withdrew from this weekís Paris Masters after suffering a 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3) final loss to Juan Martin del Potro at the Swiss Indoors in Basel.
The world number one revealed his late decision to skip the event he won a year ago as part of a sweep of the last three events of the 2011 season.
Federer, 31, said he felt he needed to let a few niggles heal to be fully fit for the start of the World Tour Finals in London a week from Monday.
ďIím not going to Paris, itís too much for me,Ē said Federer. ďIíve already told (tournament director) Guy Forget. I have some niggling stuff that I want to heal, I donít want to take a chance for London.
ďMissing Paris is disappointing. I remember how great it was to win the title a year ago. I had one of the best weeks of my life there in 2011.Ē
With old rival Rafael Nadal also missing after ending his campaign early due to the knee injury which has kept him off court since June, the Paris field will now be led by second seed Novak Djokovic and US Open winner Andy Murray.
Djokovic beat Murray for the Shanghai title this month, with neither man playing since.
Murray withdrew from the Swiss Indoors in Basel, claiming a back niggle, to the dismay of organisers faced with his second pullout in as many years.
Federerís place in the draw for the Paris Masters has been taken by Romanian lucky loser Victor Hanescu.
With all 16 seeds getting first-round byes, lesser contenders will begin play, with French players Benoit Paire, Paul-Henri Mathieu - both defeated by Federer in Basel - and Michael Llodra receiving wildcards.
Spainís David Ferrer, who clinched a third Valencia Open on Sunday, takes the third seeding ahead of Tomas Berdych. ó AFP