Hampered By A Bad Back, Roger Federer Now Faces Countryman Wawrinka This Afternoon
All systems were go for Roger Federer on Monday at Indian Wells. That is until late in the match when the defending tournament champion aggravated his back again. Federer made it through Ivan Dodig 63, 61 but maybe there is some concern.
“At the end tweaked it a little bit,” Federer said on Monday. “But it’s not the first time it’s happened in my career, so, I don’t know, I know how to deal with it. I’m walking fine. I have a day off tomorrow. Everything is all right.”
Federer however didn’t practice at the tournament on Tuesday. And today his faces a much tougher test against Stanislas Wawrinka. The “lesser Swiss” has a very poor 1-12 record against Federer (only win was at 2009 Monte Carlo), but this year he’s been playing well, highlighted by a very memorable match against Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open where he lost 12-10 in the fifth.
Federer has won Indian Wells four times, but the Swiss hasn’t won a title since Cincinnati last year. The winner of today’s match will play against tomorrow against the Rafael Nadal-Ernests Gulbis victor.
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