Roger Federer was one of the best players on an indoor court since entering the ATP Tour. However, the Swiss had yet to achieve a remarkable result at the Paris Masters in the first five trips to the French capital, reaching just two quarter-finals between 2000-07.
After skipping the final Masters 1000 event of the season for three years in a row, Roger returned to Paris in 2007, no-nonsense for the title. 1 and winner of seven ATP titles earlier that year. In his first Paris Bercy matches since 2003, Roger defeated Ivo Karlovic in three sets and battled David Nalbandian for a place in the quarters.
The Argentine entered the third Paris Masters tournament and produced his first notable appearance, beating Roger 6-4, 7-6 in one hour and 42 minutes to enter the final eight. David defeated Roger in Madrid and scored another victory against the best indoor player in the world, ousting the Swiss for the eighth time in 16 games.
Nalbandian claimed four more points than Federer, serving only 50% and suffering two breaks. The Argentine had 28 winners and 25 unforced errors, seizing 24 return points and turning them into three breaks to prevail in the decisive moments and put an end to Roger's career.
Federer was zero in the opening game and hit two deuces on the return in the next. David took that game to add his name on the scoreboard and secured a break a few minutes later when Roger played a loose forehand. In the sixth game, Nalbandian hit an ace to confirm the lead and added another service winner to open a 4-2 gap.
Federer last competed at the Wimbledon Championships
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander feels "it is possible" for Roger Federer to make a return to the tour after his latest knee surgery. Speaking to Eurosport, Wilander said it was becoming "more and more difficult" for the Swiss to bounce back from injuries.
"I think it's possible for him to come back," Wilander told Eurosport. "I think if he keeps saying it himself, he obviously has his mind set on coming back. He doesn't get tired. He listens to his body. But it's getting more and more difficult."
Speaking to Eurosport, Wilander also said that Roger Federer is likely to work a reduced, low-intensity schedule in the coming season. "I don't think that Roger Federer will play too many matches on Tour," he said.
"He realizes that he does still have a chance to win - maybe not a grand slam, maybe not a final - but three or four matches. I think it's worth it for him to come back in his own mind."