Roger Federer Withdraws From Paris, Leaves No. 1 To Rafael Nadal
by Tom Gainey | October 29th, 2017, 3:28 pm
  • 13 Comments

Roger Federer won Basel but he all but lost any chance at No. 1 by withdrawing from Paris due to a back injury.

By winning Basel, Federer drew within 1,460 ranking points of Nadal with 1,000 points available at Paris and 1,500 at London.

But now, Federer will need Nadal to not win a match in Paris and then London, and then the Swiss must sweep London.

So unless something extraordinary happens, Nadal will finish the year No. 1 for a fourth time after 2008, 2010 and 2013.

Federer hasn’t finished a season No. 1 since 2009.


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13 Comments for Roger Federer Withdraws From Paris, Leaves No. 1 To Rafael Nadal

Giles Says:

Back injury?? Lol


Margot Says:

^ Not allowed to say he’s “knackered” tho is he?


Giles Says:

It’s ok tho, he’s allowed to tell self serving lies.


Skeezer Says:

Giles you were so scared just a few days ago as Fed looked like he was going to chase down Rafa for #1. Now you’re sayin more smack about him not playing Paris. Make up your mind. Players cannot pull out of a tournament unless they are injured. Rafa has pulled his share of these. Fed has had an outstanding year but at 36 you have to be more careful managing your body and injuries. He has done a great job of both whilst giving Rafa beatdowns throughout the year.


the_mind_reels Says:

While sad to see, this seems like a smart move. Federer is clearly not feeling well enough to compete after back-to-back titles, so he should rest, get himself fit again, and then tear up the field at the WTF while everyone else dukes it out in Paris for ranking points. Playing Paris would severely jeopardize his chances both of winning Paris and WTF, so this move let’s him get healthy and focus on one more tournament, which I think he’d love to win (again).


t4t Says:

I think Fed withdrew from Paris for strategic reasons. If he keeps playing and winning it won’t be just t4t raising questions about magic potions and rigged draws!!!


Wog Boy Says:

t4t,
You are far from being the only one raising those questions, even sane 36 years old fans are talking about it, though there isn’t too many of them…sane 36 years old fans.


skeezer Says:

^ok. There are two.
Djoker is gone. Fed is thriving. Jealous much?
Congrats Fed on your super well earned win over Delpo, gaining another title for the record books.


Markus Says:

Another congratulations to Roger. Hahaha! At 36 year, this old man keeps annoying the hell out of his detractors. I’m really beginning to enjoy all their negative comments because they are sounding more and more like jokes that only serve to kick them right back. Hahaha x to the nth degree! The more they insult him, the more it means how much they realize how great they consider him. Keep the insults coming, guys.


jatin Says:

Fed has not only silenced the weak era theorist time and time again but also those who keep on accusing him of all sorts of things at age 36. He has played 5 generation of players so far and still sitting among the top of the ladder.
And he is FAR from done yet. I wish to see another FEDAL year in 2018 with Novak coming to them with full force.
Very excited to see his comeback next year as well with agassi as his coach.


Humble Rafa Says:

Thanks for the wishes. I got this through hard work and dedication. This is just another feather in my goathood.


Pamela Says:

Well said Skeezer. I completely agree…


j-kath Says:

We need Nole back – the REAL Nole that is. And Andy – but only if he is fully healthy and doesn’t have to drop out half way thru the year with his bad knee (born with it) plus the other injuries he has acquired (this from Andy’s No. 1 Scottish fan).

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