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

on Friday.

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”Sadly I have to inform you that I have withdrawn from the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 Had he withdrawn from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.