Roger Federer announced today that he withdrew from this week’s Paris Masters. The 38-year-old who just won his 10th Basel title Sunday, will look ahead to returned to the Paris for the French Open next May!
“I am extremely disappointed to have to pull out,” Federer said. “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.”
The 2011 champion was replaced in the draw by Andreas Seppi.
On the court, old guys scored some good wins. Home favorite and 2008 champ Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the match of the day beating Andrey Rublev 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
“I’m delighted to have won today. Everything was not perfect, obviously, but the most important thing is to have won. In the last two sets, I played good tennis,” Tsonga said.
Fernando Verdasco down Borna Coric 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 and Marin Cilic ousted Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(5), 6-4.
Tuesday seeks Karen Khachanov open his title defense against Jan-Lennard Struff. Alexander Zverev gets Verdasco and Daniil Medvedev meets French qualifier Jeremy Chardy.
Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are expected on Wednesday.
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