Roddick unsure about Masters Cup because of back pain
By Patrick Vignal Sat Nov 5,11:54 AM ET
PARIS, Nov 5 (Reuters) - World number three Andy Roddick fears he could miss the year-end Masters Cup because of back pain.
Roddick was hampered by a sore back during his 6-3 7-5 defeat by Croatian Ivan Ljubicic in the semi-finals of the Paris Masters.
The American, who received treatment twice during the match, had also suffered in his quarter-final win over Spaniard David Ferrer on Friday.
"I don't know," Roddick said on Saturday when asked whether the injury might force him to pull out of the eight-strong season finale from Nov. 13 in Shanghai.
"I hope not but, obviously, I'm not as optimistic as I was two days ago. I'll go back, we'll treat it and if I feel like I can go, I'll go. If not, then I won't."
Roddick had said after beating Ferrer that he might not play Saturday's semi-final. He did but the pain soon returned.
"It felt okay walking around earlier in the day but as soon as I started moving, it just really stiffened up and made it tough to move and hit my shots," he said.
"It's low back, it's just tight. The doctor used a bunch of medical terms I'm not intelligent enough to understand. We're going to evaluate it again here and when I get home."
The former world number one, who has won five tournaments this year, said he would love to go to Shanghai.
"Most of all it's an honour to qualify (for the Masters Cup)," he said.
"It's very prestigious. The fact that you only have a handful of guys that are allowed to play makes it really special.
"Obviously, I don't think it's on par with Davis Cup or with a grand slam but it's very important. It's almost like a celebration for the year."
Ljubicic grabbed the last ticket to the Masters Cup by qualifying for the semi-finals in Paris on Friday.
The Croatian joined Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Guillermo Coria and Nikolay Davydenko in the Shanghai field.