A back injury has caused Roger Federer to pull out from the ATP World Tour final against Novak Djokovic. The Swiss world number 2 sustained the injury yesterday, during his semi-final match against his Davis Cup teammate, Stanislas Wawrinka. Federer went on to win the match, 4-6 7-5 7-6 (8-6) after saving four match points.
By Javier Yap – @javiervanderyap
A six time winner of the tournament, Federer informed the audience at the O2 Arena that he was “not match-fit”.
“I tried everything I could last night, also today, pain killers, treatment, rest and so forth, warm up till the very end but I just can’t compete at this level with Novak.”
The 33 year old father of four, also took to Facebook to announce the news of his withdrawal.
Novak Djokovic is now the first man to win three consecutive season ending titles since Ivan Lendl between 1985 – 1987. This title is his 4th in the season finale, with the first dating back to 2008 where he defeated Nikolay Davydenko, 6-1 7-5 at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai. This victory also extends the world number one’s unbeaten indoor record to 32 which stretches back to 2012.
The 27 year old also finished the year with a grand slam to his name, four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles and an ATP World Tour Masters 500 title. In the process, the Serbian boasts a 61-8 match record for the whole of 2014.