Roger Federer: 'If ranking were priority, I'd have played Paris, not Basel'


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Roger Federer: 'If ranking were priority, I'd have played Paris, not Basel'

In an interview to Le Matin, Roger Federer spoke about his withdrawal from Paris Bercy following his eighth title in Basel.

The world no. 2 reflected a lot about it and he thinks this is the right decision. 'I naturally think about rankings,' Federer said. 'But when I decided to withdraw from Bercy, it wasn't taken in consideration.

If I were closer to Rafa, I would have probably played. But at this point, my body only needs rest. I can't take too many risks ahead of the (World Tour) Finals and the next season.' Does he think finishing as the world no.

2 after the year he has had has been disappointing? 'At the beginning I thought that if I had won two Slams, I would have been no.1. But Rafa did better. The gap was too much. And if rankings were really my priority, I would have played Bercy instead of Basel.' He has a regret: 'I am sorry I got injured in Montreal, during the final when I was in a good shape.

Especially because I was forced to withdraw from Cincinnati, where I always did well.' ALSO READ: Guy Forget on Roger Federer's Paris withdrawal: 'I'm frustrated and disappointed' .