Roger Federer spoke on camera after withdrawing from his ATP Finals match against Novak Djokovic today. Federer, who was seeking a seventh ATP Finals titles, withdrew from a match for just the third time in his career.
“I mean it’s a very disappointing end to the season,” Federer said. “I was playing so well here, had a great season so far. I was feeling great until yesterday’s tiebreaker. I felt all of a sudden the back was playing funny. I tried to have treatment on it, medication on it, just tried to turn around as quick as possible really, but didn’t feel that much of an improvement overnight.
“Then you don’t have a day off or anything to work with, obviously it’s not enough time to recover. And the way I feel right now, there’s no way I can compete at any level really. So probably in a few days it’s going to be better, but right now it’s not good enough.
“So clearly it’s very disappointing but nevertheless, congratulations to Novak. That’s how it goes. You have to put yourself in those positions. He’s done that again. Congrats on World No. 1, as well. He’s had a terrific season.”
Federer will be scheduled back on court this Friday as he and Stan Wawrinka take on France on the red clay in Lille.
“Recovery obviously as quick as possible,” Federer said of his plans. “Then traveling to France at some point and getting ready on the clay for the Davis Cup final.”
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