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Federer pulls out of Qatar Open with back injury

Roger Federer

Defending champion Roger Federer pulled out of his semifinal match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Qatar Open because of a back injury on Friday. However, the 16-time Grand Slam champion says he expects to be ready for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 16. In a news conference 30 minutes before his match, Federer said his back had not improved since beating Andreas Seppi in three sets on Thursday.


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