Probably he knew it already before the Basel final, but the tiring match won in the third set against Juan Martin del Potro was another factor that convinced him that taking a break now is more important than ever. Roger Federer officially withdrew from ATP Paris Bercy, where he should have played his first match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert or Feliciano Lopez.
Federer, who played five matches this week in his hometown including two third sets, will skip Bercy for the second year in a row, in order to take a rest and play all his chances at the ATP Finals in London, where he last triumphed in 2011.
Federer, who has 1,460 points less than Rafael Nadal in the Rankings, almost certainly says goobye to his chances to achieve the Year-End No. 1. The Spaniard will need to beat Mischa Zverev or Hyeon Chung in Bercy to put an end to No.
1 race, achieving this important goal for the fourth time in career after 2008, 2010, 2013. With Federer's forfait, Lucas Pouille becomes seeded player and it will be him to face Herbert or Mahut. With Basel title, Federer overcomes Novak Djokovic in the career prize money list at the first position.
The Swiss now has $109.851.999 ($464,589 came from 2017 Basel title), Djokovic has $109,805,403. ALSO READ: Serena Williams' daughter watches Roger Federer on TV