Novak Djokovic withdraws from Paris Masters
Novak Djokovic pulled out of the Paris Masters with a nagging
shoulder injury before his quarterfinal against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
The top-ranked Djokovic announced on his website that the injury
got worse after his third-round comeback win against fellow Serb
Viktor Troicki on Thursday.
”Sadly I have to inform you that I have withdrawn from the
tournament. I have pushed myself to the limit by playing, and after
the match yesterday my shoulder got worse,” Djokovic wrote. ”For
this reason, I have to put my health first and withdraw even though
my urges as a professional player are making me want to play until
the last drop of energy.”
Djokovic, the 2009 champion, made 44 unforced errors against
Troicki, and was clearly impeded from playing his best tennis.
”I am very sorry for all of you who bought tickets and wanted
to come and watch me play,” Djokovic said. ”My season has been
long and tiring, I played all of my matches at my highest level,
and now my body is aching for recovery.”
Tsonga, the 2008 champion, advanced to a semifinal against
either David Ferrer of Spain or John Isner of the United
Djokovic only just returned to the tour last week after a
six-week injury layoff, and his shoulder began to bother him again
when he lost in the Basel semifinals, only his fourth defeat all
He still decided to compete in Paris, ensuring he earned $1.6
million from the end-of-year ATP bonus pool. Had he withdrawn from
Paris and a second successive Masters event, Djokovic would have
missed out on the bonus.
Djokovic has had an incredible season, winning 10 titles,
including the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open and a
season-record five Masters. He’s dominated Rafael Nadal this year
to replace the Spaniard as the world’s best player.
Nadal pulled out before the tournament.
Djokovic, Nadal and Tsonga are all qualified for the eight-man
ATP World Tour Finals which starts in nine days in London.