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Breaking News: Roger Federer pulls out of World Tour Finals 2014 final

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#1 Vibhuism

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 11:42 PM

Roger Federer has pulled out of World Tour Finals final match against Novak Djokovic. Federer personally made this announcement at O2 arena, 20 minutes before the start of his final match against Novak Djokovic.

 

 

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Federer made this announcement 20 minutes before the start of the final match.

 

 

 

Here is what Federer said in his address to the crowd at 02 arena,

 

 

"Unfortunately, I'm not match fit to play the match tonight," said Federer on court. "Clearly I wish it wasn't so. I tried all year to be ready for the ATP World Tour Finals, and I didn't want it to end this way. I tried everything I could last night, also today – painkillers, treatment, rest, so forth, warm-up, until the very end – but I just can't compete at this level with Novak. It would be too risky at my age to do this right now and I hope you understand.

 

"I wanted to come out personally and excuse myself. It's been a great week for me. I played some great tennis and I love coming to The O2 and to London, and there's been so many great memories for me here. Congrats of course to Novak, who’s played an amazing season, and an amazing tournament here as well. I hope we can play some more great matches, hopefully next year.

 

 

"Thanks to all you guys for making it special to come out and play tennis all around the world. I know you guys travel, as well, and spend a lot of money on tickets and so forth. We really, really appreciate it – me in particular. It keeps me going, it makes me tick, especially at this age. Hopefully, I can come back next year and get another chance to compete for the title here. So thank you very much and I'll see you soon. I appreciate it."

 

 

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Federer did sign a few autographs on his way back from the O2 after making the withdrawal announcement

 

 

 

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It is only the third time in Federer’s career that he has been forced to withdraw, each time due to a back injury – also walkovers at 2008-Paris QFs vs. Blake and 2012 Doha SFs vs. Tsonga.

 

 

 

Minutes later, an announcement was posted on his facebook page and here is the screenshot of that ----

 

 

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Here is the text of what RF mentioned on his facebook wall----

 

I am sorry to announce that I cannot play the finals tonight vs. Novak. 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.

 

 

 

It remains to be seen if Federer will play in the Davis Cup final starting from Friday. From all of us, here's wishing a quick recovery to the Swiss maestro.

 

 

This is what Federer later had to say about his plans to play at the Davis Cup 2014 finals ----

 

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Scroll down for the video and more updates.


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#2 Vibhuism

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 12:07 AM

For the video of Federer's announcement, click here.

 

 

 

 


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 12:12 AM

Novak Djokovic with his 3rd successive World Tour Finals trophy =----

 

 

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Djokovic during his trophy presentation ceremony, "I'm so sorry for Roger.I wish him all the best for the Davis Cup. Roger and Rafa are great competitors. If he could have come and played he would."


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 12:46 AM

Here's a clip from yesterday's 3rd set Tie-Breaker (clearly shows Federer was in discomfort during the 3rd set TB) ----

 

 

 

 

 

slightly better view here -----

 

 

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 12:56 AM

This is what Federer later had to say about his plans to play at the Davis Cup 2014 finals ----

 

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#6 Wendy_redRobin

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 01:33 AM

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We will miss you Roger Federer, but sincerely wish you a speedy and full recovery :)

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#7 Wendy_redRobin

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 01:37 AM


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 02:36 AM

What's up with the ATP and their audacity to schedule the Top 8 Players in the world in such a manner that requires them to have to play back-to-back semis and finals at such a high intensity level of play which is required in such a top tier tournament life the WTF.  It's completely possible that Roger would have had time to recover and play that final had he had a day in between to recover.  Is the desire for $$$ (e.g. TV scheduling and advertising prime spots) more important than the health and welfare of the players in specific and the game of tennis in general?  No question that there will be more SAD endings to tournaments in the future unless someone has the guts to make these type of necessary changes in the scheduling of matches.  What complete idiocy - ATP Powers that Be - please get your act together.



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Posted 17 November 2014 - 02:59 AM

I totally agree with you Anna

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 04:19 AM

Why not apply the lucky-looser- replacement and let Wawrinka play the final ????? seems only fair to the spectators and Wawrinka and Djokovic

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 05:05 AM

But would that be fair to Kei Nishikori?

These are very unusual circumstances and my heart goes out to Roger. The severity of his problem probably only became apparent after the match. As we saw Stan was suffering with cramp at the end. That was a gruelling match. To be expected to play a final against another top class player in less than 24 hours would be tough at the best of times.

As difficult as this is, Roger's health must come first.

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 01:45 PM

That must have been a desperately sad and frustrating time for him and the last thing he wanted to do. I do have a slight pang of anxiety that this could mean the end of his time on the Tour is drawing that bit closer. He is one of the oldest out there now, add to that he the oldest top player. The pressures of the sport on him to physically keep up with and beat younger men is growing year on year. I sincerely hope that he can recover. Tennis will be the poorer without him IMHO :(


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 05:29 PM

He had much too many late evening matches this autumn. And maybe partaking in Bercy also had impact. Wish him abundance of love and care now, - so grateful for the sublime come-back this year. THANKS!



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Posted 17 November 2014 - 06:25 PM

When I heard the news, I shocked......

Then I watched the video when he announced his withdraw.... oh God here I couldn't stop my tears, but that moment reminded me that one day Federer will retire!!!!

 

Now I hope that Federer is OK, and hope that the Swiss team win Dvais Cup and 2015 to be better for Federer  ;) 


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 08:53 PM

Any info on Fed-Stan argument after semis?? 



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Posted 17 November 2014 - 09:10 PM

I have read various rumours on Twitter and take them all with a very large pinch of salt. There are some people out there who love to cause trouble when the truth is far more mundane.   :rolleyes: 

 

As to Mirka's support for her husband distracting Stan, come on guys, the court side microphones would have picked it up if it was excessive and you bet the camera would have zoomed in and the comms would have made a field day of it.  Yes, there were a fair few people shouting out in the crowd and I must admit if I was Mirka I would have done a lot more loud shouting to be sure, it was sooooo tense out there  ;) 


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Posted 18 November 2014 - 01:00 AM

why the final was scheduled sunday? if i'm not wrong the last year the final was played monday ,1 extra rest day



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Posted 18 November 2014 - 01:03 AM

Why the final was not played monday? Last year he final was played monday ,so 1 extra rest day



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Posted 18 November 2014 - 12:38 PM

Why the final was not played monday? Last year he final was played monday ,so 1 extra rest day

 

 

 

In 2012 & 2013, World Tour Finals started on Monday. As, there was no week's rest after Bercy. Read that full post right here.


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Posted 01 December 2014 - 12:37 PM

Wise decision federa I would love to see you play again.come next year



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