(AP)–Guillermo Coria claimed the Swiss Indoors title after defending champion David Nalbandian withdrew from the final with an injured wrist.
Nalbandian claimed his attempts to return the blistering serves of Andy Roddick in Saturday’s semi-final aggravated an injury he sustained at Flushing Meadows.
"I woke up this morning and tried some warm-up balls–but my wrist felt terrible," Nalbandian said.
"It’s hard for me not to play the finals but I think it’s the best choice."
Nalbandian also revealed he wasn’t sure if he would enter this week’s Paris Masters–at which he has a first-round bye.
He had been hoping to use the Paris tournament to secure the eighth and last spot in next month’s Masters Cup in Houston for the world’s top eight players.
"If I don’t play in Paris or Houston and I’m in the Australian Open next year–then that’s OK. But if I played in Paris and Houston and then had to miss the whole of next year–it would not be so good," Nalbandian said.
Coria admitted he felt no joy at his first victory on an indoor surface.
"It’s a strange way to win a title," said third-seeded Coria. "But David’s health is the most important."