Nadal set to keep No.1 po­si­tion

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT -

TEN­NIS: Rafael Nadal will be crowned as the year-end­ing men’s world No.1 if he wins his first match at this week’s Paris Masters, fol­low­ing Roger Fed­erer’s with­drawal from the tour­na­ment.

Fed­erer could have over­taken his great ri­val at the top of the rank­ings with ti­tles in the French cap­i­tal and at the World Tour Fi­nals in Lon­don, but will be nurs­ing a back com­plaint.

The 36-year-old won his eighth Swiss In­doors ti­tle against Juan Martin del Potro at the Bercy Arena.

“I am very sorry to have to pull out of the Paris Masters but my body needs a rest af­ter Basel,” the Swiss mas­ter (pic­tured) said.

“I’ve played a lot of ten­nis this year and need to make sure I look af­ter my phys­i­cal well­be­ing.

“I’d like to be fully fit for Lon­don and for 2018.”

Top seed Nadal has a bye in the first round in Paris be­fore a sec­ond-round en­counter that can guar­an­tee him his first year-end­ing world No.1 rank­ing since 2013.

Fed­erer over­came some rare mo­ments of ragged play and frus­tra­tion to stave off a de­ter­mined Juan Martin Del Potro, 6-7 6-4 6-3, in Basel.

PHOTO: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP

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