Milos Raonic says he was not willing to take a gamble on his fitness after pulling out of the Paris Masters with an elbow injury.
Raonic was due to take on Roger Federer in the third round of the tournament after beating local hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets, but an injury picked up during the match has forced him to withdraw.
Federer will now progress through to the round of 16, where he will face Italian Fabio Fognini, but Raonic says he was taking no risks with his health.
“Yesterday, in the long match with Jo, in the middle of second set, I overextended my elbow and it did some kind of pain,” Raonic explained after the decision. “Preceding the match, after I spoke with the doctors here, I went and I did an ultrasound and MRI, and they found some kind of a lesion in the tricep. “And after that, it presented me with only this option, the risk being too high and the hindrance on my play being too high as well.”