Fed­erer opts out of Paris Masters

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LON­DON: A hoped-for fight to the fin­ish for the year-end num­ber one rank­ing at next month’s ATP World Tour Fi­nals in Lon­don will likely be a coro­na­tion for Rafa Nadal, who is vir­tu­ally guar­an­teed end­ing 2017 top of the pile.

Roger Fed­erer’s eighth Swiss In­doors ti­tle on Sun­day re­duced the points gap on the Spa­niard to 1 460 points, but his sub­se­quent with­drawal from this week’s Paris Masters means Nadal is poised to fin­ish top for the fourth time in his ca­reer.

With 1 500 points avail­able in Lon­don for win­ning the ti­tle, hav­ing won all three round-robin matches, the 31-year-old Nadal needs to win just one round in Paris to put him­self out of reach of the 19times grand slam cham­pion.

It is a far cry from last year when the year-end rank­ing was de­cided in the last match of the sea­son at Lon­don’s O2 Arena when Andy Mur­ray beat No­vak Djokovic to seal it.

“My body is ask­ing for a break,” 36-year-old Fed­erer, who beat Ar­gentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in Basel to claim his 95th ca­reer ti­tle, said of his de­ci­sion to give up the chase of Nadal.

“Basel takes a lot out of me emo­tion­ally. I had five matches in six days. I feel sorry and sad for Paris.

“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.”

Nadal, who shared this year’s grand slam ti­tles with Fed­erer, win­ning a 10th French Open and third US Open ti­tle while the Swiss took the Aus­tralian and Wim­ble­don ti­tles, starts his Paris cam­paign against ei­ther Ger­man Mis­cha Zverev or young South Korean Hyeon Chung.

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