of course he will get a zeropointer like every player who is in a mandatory tournament's draw and withdraws, he got one in Toronto as well.
It's not a problem for Fed : it will just give the YE number 1 officially to Djokovic several days in advance, but anyway it was certain that Djokovic would get it before the WTF.
As for being afraid of Simon or not, I don't know if Fed is, but I know I am, and I think that the Fedfans who are not afraid of Simon, especially in Fed's form, are just unrealistic about Simon's ability in that match-up : he returns Fed's serve greatly, loves whne Fed goes to the net to adjust him with passing-shots, it's a nightmare for any undeluded Fedfan.
Anyway, as far as Fed is concerned, he had already said a few days ago that he would decide if he goes to Paris after playing Basel, and it seemed that he had little chance to play anyway.
The priority for him is the WTF and Basel, Paris has never been a priority for him. And the YE number 1 was gone since Shanghai anyway.
Besides, I had said that he would not play Paris already months ago, considering the stupid new scheduling of the end of year, the only thing which surprises me is that he has not announced it before.
And he still has not announced it, but like many Fedfans, I hope he will. I prefer watching good tennis calmly in Bercy on wednesday and not be part of a Fed-Simon corrida.
But uxyzawhatever, don't make a confusion between what Fed thinks and what his fans think. Far before this draw, on Fed's forum, 3/4 of the people hoped he would not play Paris.
As for Fed himself, he said that it depended on his condition. I hope he wins Basel, is tired and withdraws.
Sure, stupid question on my side
I was thinking about the over 31 rule, forgot it doesn't apply to 0-pointers.
Ok duowhatever. I don't make a confusion between that. Fed (aside from all the thing I don't like about him) is a man of his word. And I bet he'll play Paris unless he injures himself in Basel (not wishing injury). Fed fans, on the other hand, are entirely different story. They don't have faith in him to regroup and put on his A game at the end of the season, after he's done it so many times. And I, as a non-Fed fan, don't think he'll have any problems beating Simon.