| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Novak Djokovic, 2011 U.S. Open Champion, has withdrawn from the Paris Masters after suffering a shoulder injury prior to his quarterfinals match against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Djokovic has said his injury intensity got worse after his comeback against Serbian Viktor Troicki.

“Sadly I have to inform you that I have withdrawn from the tournament. 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," said Djokovic.

Djokovic won the Masters in 2009 and says that "I am very sorry for all of you who bought tickets and wanted to come and watch me play." Tsonga has now advanced to the semifinals against the outcome of the David Ferrer & John Isner quarterfinals match.

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament prior to the tournament start. Djokovic has had a season of 10 title wins, including the Australian Open, U.S. Open, and Wimbledon. He ousted Nadal to take the title of world number one.