Roger Federer made an unfortunate announcement on court today less than an hour before his scheduled championship match against Novak Djokovic in the London ATP Finals.
Due to a back injury, Federer told the crowd, he would be unable to compete in the match.
“I am sorry to announce that I cannot play the finals tonight vs. Novak,” Federer posted on facebook. “I hurt my back late in the match yesterday against Stan. I am very disappointed and I hope to be feeling better soon. It’s been an extremely difficult decision because I love playing in London and the ATP World Tour Finals have been an absolute highlight of my career. Unfortunately, my back problem does not allow me to play right now. I hope all tennis fans and those involved in the event will understand.”
This is the first time in the history of the event the final will not be played. It’s also the third time in his career Federer has withdrawn from a match. The Swiss withdrew against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 2012 Doha and also against James Blake at 2008 Paris. He has never retired from a match.
In place of the match, Djokovic will face Andy Murray in an exhibition pro set starting at 2pm local time.
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