Roger Federer has pulled out of the 2016 Mutua Madrid Open opening speculations that the Swiss legend might never recover from his injuries at this point of his tennis career. After struggling with a knee injury in January and minor injuries in recent months, Federer is now suffering from a back injury that forced him to miss the ATP tournament in Madrid Spain.
“I rather play it safe and rest up now. I’m very disappointed to say the least.” A frustrated Federer said to star.com about his latest injury. “It’s been a tough year. I hope it gets better from here.”
Earlier in the week, Federer confirmed his participation in the tournament which features top tennis players like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal. However, the latest back injury will put Federer in the sidelines and will affect his preparation for the next Grand Slam tournament, the 2016 French Open later this year.
Federer was okay in practice according to reports but did not join the press conference. The Swiss won three times in the Madrid tourney in previous years.
But as Federer mentioned, he wants to “play it safe” and would prefer missing the warm-up tournaments rather than miss the big ones, like the major at Roland Garros in May. With 17 Grand Slam titles under his belt, the 35-year-old Federer is aiming to add to his world record as the likes of Djokovic and Nadal will try to beat his mark in the next few years.
Is it over for Federer and the Swiss playing top form in tennis? Will injuries continue to derail his career, which is seen as in its final years?
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