World no. 3 Roger Federer has decided to withdraw from the last Masters 1000 event of the season in Paris, not wanting to risk anything ahead of the ATP Finals in London. On Sunday, Roger claimed the tenth title in the hometown of Basel and didn't want to play in back-to-back weeks at this stage of the season.
The 38-year-old lost in the quarter-final in Shanghai to Alexander Zverev before returning to his best in front of the home fans in Basel, beating Peter Gojowczyk, Radu Albot, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alex de Minaur for the milestone tenth crown in Basel, becoming the second player with ten trophies at two different ATP events after Rafael Nadal.
In the final, the Swiss toppled the young Aussie 6-2, 6-2 in 67 minutes, conquering the tenth title from the 15th final and lifting the 103rd ATP title overall, standing just six behind Jimmy Connors. Roger never faced a break point and mounted the pressure on the other side of the net, taking almost half of the return points and seizing four breaks from ten chances, controlling the pace all the time to race over the finish line and produce another emotional moment to his fans worldwide.
After the match, Federer said he would make the decision about Paris on Monday and after consulting his team, he decided to withdraw and save the energy for the ATP Finals that will take place between November 10-17. Roger played in Paris for the first time in 2000, failing to reach the semi-final before 2010 and winning the only title in 2011 after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the title match.
After 2015, Federer went to Paris only once, losing in that memorable semi-final to Novak Djokovic a year ago in what was one of the best matches of the season.