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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at centre of angry conversations at Paris Masters

Roger Federer.

Roger Federer has angered Paris Masters chiefs

Forget has been making preparations for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to come to Paris for months – only to be let down by the 19-time Grand Slam champion.
Federer last night withdrew from the tournament just hours after winning his eighth Swiss Indoors title in front of his hometown fans in Basel.
It's left Nadal as the only big-name player in the draw in what should be – aside from the Grand Slams – one of the biggest events in the tennis calendar.
Forget heaped praise on Nadal for coming but he was less than impressed by Federer's withdrawal.
Speaking to l'Equipe, Forget revealed: "At the end of his match against Juan Martin Del Potro, apparently he was really touched physically. He has back pain, he has pain everywhere.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

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"You imagine my disappointment, my frustration. I had his agent (Tony Godsick) on the phone who told me of his wish to recover because he is at the end of the roll. We take note of it.
"We have no other recourse against that. We are sad about all the efforts that have been made for many weeks and many months to welcome Roger and Rafa into this room.
"Unfortunately, Rafa will be alone. There are other great champions, but I am convinced that Roger's Parisian fans will be very disappointed.
"The tennis player, by definition, looks at his own interest, what interests him, what interests him less and has to make choices."
Forget appeared then to take a jibe at Federer for prioritising a Masters 500 event – in Basel – as opposed to the Masters 1000 event in Paris.

Guy Forget.

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He said: "At 36, we pay more attention than when we have 25. Nevertheless, I still think that the Masters 1000 are the nine biggest tournaments of the calendar. W
"When a player, whoever he is, misses this appointment, it weakens the credibility of the circuit.
"I greet all those who make the effort. So some are a little diminished.
"Rafael Nadal is here. Others made the effort. Some have had surgery, you can not get them out of their hospital bed.
"When a player wins a tournament 500 kilometers away and is not there the next week, we are bound to be sad."
Forget, who won 11 career titles in his playing career, added: "I am very disappointed – though I think Nadal will sketch a small smile."

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