10/29/12 12:08 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer has taken the precautionary route and withdrawn from the Paris Masters this week in order to rest his body and be fully prepared for the all-important World Tour Finals, starting in a week in London.
The holder gave the bad news for organizers after losing the Swiss Indoors final in his hometown of Basel to Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(3).
The 31-year-old said he had informed tournament director Guy Forget, leaving Novak Djokovic to take over the top spot in the field ahead of Andy Murray, with neither man having played in a fortnight.
"I'm not going to Paris, it's too much for me." said Federer. "I have some niggling stuff that I want to heal, I don't want to take a chance for London. I tried to make up my mind yesterday and again today. I need some time to prepare properly for London."
Federer will now concentrate next week on the year-end event, with two qualifying spots to be decided this week in Paris, the last tournament of the ATP regular season.
"In a way, missing Paris is disappointing. I remember how great it was to win the title a year ago. I had one of the best weeks of my life there."
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