Roger Federer will play Basel and Paris Masters before ATP World Tour finals – Rusedski

December 16, 2019

Roger Federer will play Basel and Paris Masters before ATP World Tour finals – Rusedski Federer overcame old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters yesterday to close the gap at the top of the ATP rankings.   He’s now less than 2,000 points behind Nadal, who has played two tournaments more, with plenty more ranking points up for grabs before the year end.   Federer is desperate to finish as the world no.1 and Rusedski thinks he will now step up his schedule to boost his chances of winning all-important ranking points.   The two tournaments are both played on indoor hard courts with Basel – an ATP 500 event – starting next week and the Paris Masters – an ATP 1000 event – a week after.   Rusedski said: It comes down to how feels physically. If the back is fine hell play all those events leading up to the end-of-season championships. If he doesnt feel physically right, hell take a little break.   I have a feeling hell go through and play Basel, Paris and the end-of-season championships.   Discussing Federers Shanghai Masters win, Rusedski said: Roger just goes from strength to strength. It was an absolute masterclass.   He now has 94 career titles – the same amount as Ivan Lendl. Jimmy Connors 109 hes chasing at the moment.   Hes like a fine bottle of red wine, getting better with age all the time. I dont know how does it. Ive never seen a 36-year-old play so well and I dont think we ever will in my lifetime.   Federer admitted after winning the Shanghai Masters that he was not sure what he needed to finish as the world No.1.   He said on live TV: “I dont even know what it takes to be honest!   “All I know is the World Tour Finals is a must, probably Paris too and Basel too so that all depends on how Rafa plays.   “Its a wild thought and thats why Im not thinking about it at this point.   Nadal today announced he wouldnt be playing in Basel due to a right knee injury.

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