Fed­erer wins eighth Basel ti­tle, with­draws from Paris Masters

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Switzer­land’s Roger Fed­erer beat Ar­gen­tine Juan Martin del Potro to win the Swiss In­doors – then with­drew from next week’s Paris Masters.

Fed­erer’s 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3 win moved him within 1,460 points of Span­ish world num­ber one Rafael Nadal be­fore the fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son event, BBC re­ported.

But the 36-year-old will not play in Paris, all but end­ing his chances of end­ing the year top of the rank­ings.

“My body is ask­ing for a break,” said the Swiss leg­end.

“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 few times now that I’ve not played there. It’s a tough one but they have to un­der­stand that it’s for the cause of stay­ing in­jury-free and healthy.

“I’d like to be fully fit for Lon­don (the World Tour Fi­nals) and for 2018.”

“I did think about the rank­ing, but I’m so far back in the points race that it was al­most out of the ques­tion,” added Fed­erer.

“I asked my­self what I would do if the rank­ing (is­sue) was not there. I want to stay in­jury-free, not push it and maybe get hurt next week and then miss Lon­don.

Fed­erer, an eight-time win­ner in Basel, has won seven ti­tles in 2017.

Vic­tory for Del Potro would have moved him into the fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing place for the ATP fi­nals in Lon­don.

Hav­ing won in Stock­holm last week, the world num­ber 19 was tar­get­ing back-to-back ti­tles in Basel but the 29-year-old re­mains one place be­hind Spain’s Pablo Car­reno Busta.

Del Potro must reach at least the semi­fi­nals in Paris to claim the fi­nal spot.

“It’s un­be­liev­able how well Roger is play­ing,” said Del Potro.

“I hope to be in such shape when I’m his age. But I doubt I will be.”

Fed­erer now has 95 ca­reer ti­tles, with Amer­i­can Jimmy Con­nors lead­ing the all­time list on 109.

REUTERS Roger Fed­erer kisses the Swiss In­doors tro­phy af­ter beat­ing Juan Martin del Porto in the fi­nal in Basel, Switzer­land, on Oc­to­ber 29, 2017.

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