Swiss legend Roger Federer has withdrawn from the ongoing Paris Masters. The 38-year-old, who won a record-extending 10th Swiss Indoors Championship title on Sunday, said that he is looking to keep himself fit for the ATP Finals that will be held in London from 10-18 November.
“I am extremely disappointed to have to pull out,” the 2011 titlist Federer was quoted as saying by the official website of ATP Tour. “I want to play as long as possible on the ATP Tour. I’m sorry for my French fans who I’ll see at Roland Garros in 2020.”
Federer ranked third on the ATP rankings, is one of six players, including world number one Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsisipas, to have booked a spot in the ATP Finals. The remaining two spots will be decided at the Paris Masters.
Talking about the 2019 Swiss Indoors Championship, Federer outclassed Australia’s Alex de Minaur in the final.
On Sunday, Federer was at his usual best as he defeated the Aussie 6-2, 6-2 to register the 103rd singles titles of his career.
In front of his home crowd, the 38-year-old played attacking tennis against the speedy 20-year-old, who was going for his fourth title of the season.
“It was fast, but very nice. I think I played a great match. It was a tough opener, in the beginning, the first five games, we had some great rallies. I never looked back,” Federer was quoted as saying by the ATP Tour website.
“I was great on the offence, made very few unforced errors and came up with the big shots and served well when I had to,” he added.