French Open: Novak Djokovic rues Roger Federer's absence

Paris: Top-seeded Novak Djokovic reckoned Roger Federer’s withdrawal from Roland Garros with ailing back “definitely” a loss, while Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams echoed on Friday.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

The 34-year-old Swiss, initially seeded the third at this year’s French Open, announced on Thursday through his Facebook account to pull out, admitting his fitness is “still not 100 percent”, Xinhua reported.

It has been the first time for Federer, the 17-times Grand Slam champion, to miss from Roland Garros in 17 years, which has his running streak of 65 straight Grand Slam appearances snapped. “It’s definitely a loss for the tournament,” commented Djokovic.

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