Federer pull out upsets Paris Masters chiefs

The organisers of the Paris Masters are unhappy following Roger Federer’s last-minute withdrawal from the tournament.

Federer announced that he would miss Paris on Sunday just hours after winning the Swiss Indoors Final for the eighth time.

The absence of Federer leaves just Nadal as the one big name in the draw in France, which apparently upset the tournament organisers, according to Sky Sports pundit Barry Cowan.

Other star names such as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori are also missing from Paris.

The 36-year old Swiss pulled out saying his body needed a break, a decision that virtually guarantees rival Rafael Nadal will finish top of the ATP rankings as the Spaniard now needs just one win in Paris to finish the year at No. 1.

“My body is asking for a break,” Federer said after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in Basel. “Basel takes a lot out of me emotionally. I had five matches in six days. I feel sorry and sad for Paris.

“I love to play at Bercy. … It’s a tough one but they have to understand that it’s for the cause of staying injury-free and healthy.”

Federer last won in Paris in 2011 and has not played there since 2015.

The veteran 19-time grand slam winner has won an ATP-leading seven titles this season including the Australian Open and Wimbledon, but has been careful not to over exert himself – and opted to miss all of the clay-court season.

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