Tennis: Federer withdraws from Madrid to be with family

AP, Tuesday 6 May 2014

Roger Federer
Roger Federer of Switzerland (Photo: Reuters)

Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Madrid Open to spend more time with his family ahead of the birth of his third child.

Federer said on his webpage on Tuesday he was pulling out of the tournament ''to be with my wife Mirka during these next few exciting weeks for our family.'' The fourth-ranked Swiss player says he will ''rejoin the tour soon.''

Federer's announcement means he will likely miss the Rome Masters next week. He's previously suggested he would skip the French Open beginning on May 25 if it conflicted with the birth. Federer, a three-time winner in Madrid, hasn't missed a Grand Slam tournament since 2000.

Second-ranked Novak Djokovic also withdrew from Madrid because of a long-term wrist injury.

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