For Roger Federer fans the fall indoor season drifts away.
Yes, tennis is still being played in far away exotic locales in the far East like Beijing, Tokyo and now Shanghai where the men will meet for the Masters 1000 tournament starting this week.
Murray, of course, is the Shanghai defending champion.
Earlier, Federer announced withdrawing from the Shanghai Masters scheduled to begin on October 10 because of nagging injuries.
He is not alone. Novak Djokovic has also announced his withdrawal along with Robin Soderling, Gael Monfils and Juan Martin del Potro to name a few players banged up, injured and generally unable to compete after 10-plus months on tour.
That gives the Swiss time to rest and repair before his hometown tournament in Basel, beginning October 30 where Federer is the defending champion. Basel will provide an excellent opportunity for Federer to face off against Djokovic who also plans to rejoin the tour at that tournament.
Basel marks the beginning of the end for Federer, using the tournament as preparation to defend his year-end title in London which starts November 20. Federer won his fifth ATP championship title there in 2010, overcoming Nadal in the final.
For the man who has accomplished so much—what exactly is in store for the Swiss Maestro as he heads into year No. 14 on the men’s tour?
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