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Roger Federer hands Rafael Nadal chance to secure year-end world No. 1 spot after Paris Masters withdrawal

Federer hands Nadal chance to secure year-end No. 1 spot after Paris withdrawal
Federer withdrew (Picture: Getty)

Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Paris Masters to hand Rafael Nadal the chance to seal the world No. 1 spot before the pair head to London.

The 36-year-old lifted an eighth title at the Swiss Indoors in Basel on Sunday to move within just 1,460 points of the Spaniard in the ATP rankings.

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With 2,500 points left to play for and Federer in such terrific form, the world N9. 2 had the opportunity to rise above his long-time rival to climb to the summit of men’s tennis for the first time since 2012.

However, the 19-time Grand Slam champion has again put his long-term health above his short-term goals and withdrawn from the final Masters 1000 event of the year.

‘My body is asking for a break,’ Federer said. ‘Basel takes a lot out of me emotionally. I had five matches in six days.

Federer hands Nadal chance to secure year-end No. 1 spot after Paris withdrawal
Nadal is one win away from the year-end top spot (Picture: Getty)

‘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.

‘Id like to be fully fit for London and for 2018.’

Federer hands Nadal chance to secure year-end No. 1 spot after Paris withdrawal
Del Potro was downed by Federer (Picture: Getty)

It’s not the first time this year that Federer has chosen to skip events for his health, with the Swiss cutting the entire clay-court season from his schedule in order to fully prepare for the build-up to Wimbledon on grass.

Nadal now has the opportunity to seal the year-end world No. 1 spit for the first time since 2013 should he win his opening match in Paris.

The Spaniard will face either Mischa Zverev or Hyeon Chung in the second round.

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