Djokovic pulls out of Paris Masters
Top seed Novak Djokovic on Friday pulled out of the ATP Paris Masters, in which he was due to play Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals, because of a shoulder injury.
The Serb world number one said his shoulder had worsened after his 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over compatriot Viktor Troicki on Thursday.
"Sadly I have to inform you that I have withdrawn from the further tournament," Djokovic announced on his official website.
"I have pushed myself to the limit by playing, and after the match yesterday my shoulder got worse.
"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.
"I am very sorry for all of you who bought tickets and wanted to come and watch me play. 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. Hoping for your understanding and support."
ATP officials said Friday that Djokovic flew directly to his Monte Carlo base to begin treatment by the same specialists who somehow got him fit for a Paris start after re-injuring the shoulder in last weekend's Basel semi-final loss to Kei Nishikori.
With players for the eight-man World Tour Finals in London due in on Thursday, the timetable gives Djokovic at least six treatment days.
Should he get a Monday (November 21) start at the year-ender, he would have ten days to aim for fitness for the problem which also forced him with quit at mid-match in the August Cincinnati final against Andy Murray.
Djokovic, who has notched up 10 titles this year including successes at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, on Wednesday laughed off suggestions that he only turned up for the Paris Masters in order to avoid missing out on a $1.6 million windfall.