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Guy Forget calls Federer agent

18:55: Okay, so we understand Paris Masters tournament director Guy Forget called Federer’s agent Tony Godsick this evening to check on the 19-time Grand Slam champion’s plans.

It was then when Goldsick officially withdrew Federer from the event, citing a back injury.

So there we have it: Federer will NOT play at the Paris Masters.

BREAKING NEWS

18:25: Federer has announced he will NOT play in the Paris Masters…

More to come as we have it.

Great news for Nadal, who is now all but guaranteed the no.1 spot.

Federer vs Nadal

17:35: A reminder that victory today has got Federer to within 1,460 points of Nadal in the ATP rankings.

Ahead of the Swiss Indoors final he appeared to have given up on the race, saying: “I’m too far behind really in the points.

“If I thought about it maybe I wouldn’t even enjoy the end of the season because the whole season would feel a waste.

“The whole great season I played would feel it’s a bad one.

“I’m sorry to say it’s not a priority for me. People like to talk about it and make it a big deal about it.”

Roger Federer says ‘see you in London’

17:25: There’s quotes circling online that Roger Federer said “all the best in Paris and hopefully see you in London” after he won the Swiss Indoors tonight.

However, that is a message to Juan Martin del Potro, who is still trying to finish in the top eight – and not a declaration that he won’t play next week.

A reminder: he has been given a bye in the first round, if he does decide to play.

Pizza before Paris?

17:14: Roger isn’t going to France fast. He has pledged to buy pizza for all the ball boys and girls at the Swiss Indoors tonight.

Host Marcus Buckland explained: “Those ball boys and girls will get pizza from Roger.

“That’s one of the traditions when he wins the event.

“Federer was a 12-year-old ball boy here back in 1993 when he shook the hand of Michael Stich.”

Jamie Delgado on Federer’s participation

17:00: Jamie Delgado, an assistant coach for Andy Murray, now doubts whether Federer will play in Paris.

Before the game, he said: “I’d love to see him play in Paris.

“Playing indoors, playing as well as he is and closing the gap, I think it’ll come down to how he feels after the match [against Juan Martin del Potro] physically.

“If it’s a really tough match, it’s a tough one. By his interview I think he possibily won’t play – but I’d love to see him play.”

Although he conceded after the three-set epic that Federer playing in Paris was now “unlikely”.

Federer to play in Paris?

16;55: Roger Federer has just wrapped up the Swiss Indoors title for a record eighth time, beating Juan Martin del Potro in three gruelling sets.

So what does this mean for next week? Will he play in Paris or will he drop out?

The Swiss legend has done an interview on court wher he didn’t address the matter – so it’s still up in the air.

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