Roger Federer pulled out of the Madrid Open today due to a back injury. Federer, who also withdrew from Miami, was a late entry into the event last week.
Federer arrived in Madrid last week in perfect health, but injured his back during practice on Saturday. And instead of risking further injury, he wanted to play it safe.
“Sorry to the tournament for coming and leaving without playing,” Federer said. “I arrived and I was okay, and then I practised on Saturday and hurt my back a little bit in practice and then stopped early.
“There’s no feeling that I can practise so at this point I don’t want to take more chances, as I know I wont be fully ready for Wednesday,” said Federer.
“I want to play it safe, rest up and get ready for Rome, that’s the schedule now.”
Federer, who’s had back troubles before, added he wasn’t as concerned about this issues as those in the past.
“This is normal back things I’ve had in the past, which I guess is good because I know how to handle it. I know how long it can take,” he added.
“Clearly it’s not a help. Nevertheless, I’ve been able to practise as much as I’ve wanted to. I came back on tour quicker than I thought I would, so in terms of schedule, I guess I still am still somewhat on par.”
The Swiss won the Madrid title in 2009 and 2012. He was drawn to meet rival Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals.
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