Federer confirms participation in Paris Masters

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-31 09:28:03|Editor: ZD
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PARIS, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer confirmed his participation in this week's ATP Paris Masters here on Tuesday.

"Yes, otherwise I wouldn't be sitting here. I would have left," said Federer, who lifted his 99th tour-level title in his hometown Basel last weekend.

"I'm happy to play tomorrow. I feel like I recovered well from last week. I'll give it a go tomorrow. I'm excited," he added.

It is the No. 3 seed's first appearance in the Paris Masters over the past three years. He withdrew due to injury prior to the tournament last year.

"Mostly I feel like it's better for me to play matches rather than practice. Then as long as I don't feel like I'm taking a chance on my health prior to London (the ATP Finals), that's the key as well," Federer pointed out, adding that "I have to listen to the signs here this week".

After enjoying a first-round bye as a seeded player, Federer will feature in Wednesday's second round.

"Tomorrow it's going to be against a big server. It's fairly straightforward in a way," he said. "But I would rather play matches than practice again."

Federer felt that "it was special to win at home the way I did it, in a different manner. It was a good feeling, no doubt about it".

"This one was sort of from the first match till the last match, I was a bit bumpy, but I was happy how I was returning, how I was fighting, how I was trying to figure it out in a different manner.

"I think I actually started playing better as the tournament went on. It's kind of logical that you always start feeling better as you go on," he said.