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Federer pulls out of Halle

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:33

The world number two claimed his first French Open crown on Sunday after beating Robin Soderling in straight sets.

And Federer, who has won five times in Halle, claims that after such an emotional victory he is not in a position to play again so soon.

“I am sorry to announce that I have decided to withdraw from this week’s Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany,” Federer said in a message on his official website, www.rogerfederer.com.

“I sincerely apologise to the tournament organisers, my competitors, and my fans in Germany.

“I only hope they will understand that I still feel emotionally overwhelmed and exhausted by the incredible events of the past few days.

“It is hard for me to admit, but I simply cannot imagine giving my best effort in another tournament right away and I don’t want to risk injury if I am not 100% prepared. I need to rest and recuperate.”

Federer was due to play Israeli qualifier Harel Levy in the first round.

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