‘He has got to prolong his career’ – Roger Federer defended for Paris Masters withdrawal

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Roger Federer downbeat

Amazon Prime analyst Arvin Parmer has defended Roger Federer for his decision to pull out of the Paris Masters at short notice this week.

Federer left it until the last minute to reveal that he would opt out of the tournament, which has angered some fans, especially with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic taking part.

Parmer, though, whilst accepting it is disappointing for fans, believes tennis as a whole will come out on top by virtue of having Federer ‘around for some time yet.’

“It is a real shame for the tournament that he has pulled out,” Parmar told Amazon Prime. “Probably no surprise to tell you the truth.

“I think even if he lost in the [Swiss Indoors] final he would have probably pulled out anyway.

“He has got to prolong the career and I think it is great for the tour that he is going to be around for some time yet.

Federer looked more emotionally engaged than ever in winning the Swiss Indoors in Basel last week, so Parmer has dismissed any suggestion that he is winding his career down.

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“He was very emotional winning that event. It is like he won one of his first events when giving his winners speech.

“Unfortunately for this event he is missing but he has got to save his legs. He has still got a big event at the O2 and he wants to be in the best possible shape for that week.”

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