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Federer to skip Tokyo and Shanghai


 

Originally published on: 26/02/10 11:45

Roger Federer has withdrawn from next month’s Japan Open and Shanghai Masters in order to get some rest, the Swiss confirmed on Friday.

The world No.1, who is nearing the end of a rollercoaster season in which he won two of the four grand slam titles after playing in all 28 matches at the majors, regained his top spot and became a father of twins, still expects to play at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November.

“I am disappointed that I have to withdraw from Tokyo and Shanghai as they are two of my favourite cities in the world and the fans have been great to me over the years,” Federer said on his website.

“After consultation with my team and doctors, I decided to take the difficult decision to withdraw from both tournaments so that I can give my body a chance to rest, rehabilitate and fully recover from a physically challenging year.”

“I need to give my body a chance to rest, rehabilitate and fully recover from a physically challenging year”

Federer won the French Open for the first time in his career before winning his record-breaking fifteenth grand slam at Wimbledon, but failed to win a sixth consecutive US Open title, losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the final at Flushing Meadows earlier this month.

Nadal is also struggling ahead of the Asian stop on the ATP Tour, pulling out of next week’s Thailand Open with an abdominal injury. Both Federer and Nadal have already qualified for the end-of-season Masters Cup in London.

In the women’s game, Serena Williams is the only member of the world’s top ten not playing at next week’s Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo as she recovers from knee and toe injuries.

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