Federer withdraws from Paris Masters

 Roger Federer will not play the Masters 1,000 event in Paris this week in an effort to preserve his fitness for the upcoming ATP Tour Finals in London.

Federer beat Alex De Minaur 6-2, 6-2 in just over an hour, appearing to expend a minimal amount of energy to secure his 10th Swiss Indoors title in Basel.

The world No. 3 did not drop a set on his way to triumph on home soil, sweeping aside Peter Gojowczyk, Radu Albot and Stefanos Tsitsipas before destroying in-form De Minaur in the final.

An emotional Federer wept on court in Basel and admitted that the victory had ‘hit him hard’, perhaps contributing to the decision on Monday morning to pull out of the last Masters event of the year in Paris.

“I am extremely disappointed to have to pull out of the Paris Masters,” Federer said.

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