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Federer pulls out of Paris Masters

Tennis ace Roger Federer has surrendered his world No. 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic after the 15-time major winner confirmed that he is pulling out of the Paris Masters because of an injury.

Federer endured a painful defeat to Juan Martin Del Potro at the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel on Sunday, a match that lasted a grueling two hours and 45 minutes.

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Federer, 31, said he felt he needed to let a few niggles heal to be fully fit for the start of the World Tour Finals in London a week from Monday.

"I'm not going to Paris, it's too much for me," said Federer. "I've already told (tournament director) Guy Forget. I have some niggling stuff that I want to heal, I don't want to take a chance for London.

"Missing Paris is disappointing. I remember how great it was to win the title a year ago. I had one of the best weeks of my life there in 2011."

With old rival Rafael Nadal also missing after ending his campaign early due to the knee injury which has kept him off court since June, the Paris field will now be led by second seed Novak Djokovic and US Open winner Andy Murray.

Djokovic has won five tournaments this year - including the Australian Open and Masters series titles in Miami, Canada and Shanghai - and pocketed more than $8 million in prize money.

The 25-year-old, who is scheduled to compete at the Paris Masters this week, will be presented with a trophy to recognise his feat at next week's season-ending championships in London, the ATP said.


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