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Roger Federer will compete at the Rolex Paris Masters for the first time since 2015 alongside Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal

Roger Federer delighted his legions of fans on Tuesday when he arrived at the AccorHotels Arena and declared that he was ready to shoot for the 100th title of his matchless career at the Rolex Paris Masters.

After a day’s recovery following title triumph number 99 in his home town of Basel, the great Swiss arrived in the French capital on Tuesday and, after a practice session, confirmed the news that everyone in Bercy had been desperate to hear: “I'll give it a go tomorrow. I'm excited!”

Everybody else will be excited too by the fact that for Federer to reach his century of titles, he will have to fight off the challenge of the world’s top two, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic. It will be the first time since Indian Wells early last year that the ‘big three’ will all compete at the same Masters event.

“Mostly, I feel like it's better for me to play matches rather than practice, and I think that's it. And then as long as I don't feel like I'm taking a chance on my health prior to (the ATP finals) in London, that's the key as well,” said Federer, explaining his reasons for deciding to compete at the RPM for the first time in three years.

“I would rather play on a nice court rather than going back to practice. I've already done enough practice this season! So I feel like if that helps me for London, that's a great thing.

“And I have also not played in this city for some time.

“I'm happy how I got through the last four days of playing every day. And, you know, today I feel good. You know, I had a second day off (after Basel) so it's all good.

“And, tomorrow, it's going to be against a big server (the winner of Monday’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga-Milos Raonic clash). It's fairly straightforward in a way. And then I'll obviously know a lot more. But I would rather play matches than practice again. I would have started practising by tomorrow, I guess, anyway.”

Federer demonstrated his greatness again last week, winning his ninth Basel crown while still being far from his silkiest best, having to scrap to progress.

“It's definitely a different way of winning a tournament for a change. Obviously, I didn't win all my titles outright, straightforward, no problem. I had to fight for a lot of them. But this one was sort of bumpy from the first match til the last.”

If he can prevail this week, it would be Federer’s second triumph in the Rolex Paris Masters after his 2011 victory over his potential second round opponent here, Tsonga.

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