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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic holds up the trophy of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis after a walkover victory due an injury to Switzerland’s Roger Federer in London, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Federer withdrew due to an injured back. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Switzerland’s Roger Federer shouts out during his singles ATP World Tour Finals semifinal tennis match against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves to the crowd after announcing his withdrawal from the final match of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, due to injury in London, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Federer talked to the crowd from the court to say he was sorry but he has a back injury. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka leans on the net during his ATP World Tour Finals semifinal tennis match against his compatriot Roger Federer at the O2 Arena in London Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates his win over Gael Monfils, of France, during the quarterfinal round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. Federer defeated Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Gael Monfils, of France, rests on his racket after losing a point during the fifth set against Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. Federer defeated Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Gael Monfils, right, of France, shakes hands with Roger Federer, of Switzerland, after a quarterfinal in the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. Federer won 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Wife Mirka Federer watches her husband Roger Federer of Switzerland play against Gael Monfils of France during their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Coach Stefan Edberg watches Roger Federer of Switzerland play against Gael Monfils of France during their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Father Robert Federer watches his son Roger Federer of Switzerland play against Gael Monfils of France during their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Lindsey Vonn (2nd L Front and Gwen Stefani (2nd R back) watch the match between Gael Monfils of France and Roger Federer of Switzerland during their US Open 2014 men's singles quarterfinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center September 4, 2014 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Skier Lindsey Vonn attends the quarterfinal match between Roger Federer, of Switzerland, and Gael Monfils, of France, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Anna Wintour, right, editor of Vogue, and actor Hugh Jackman, left, attend the quarterfinal match between Roger Federer, of Switzerland, and Gael Monfils, of France, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Editor-in-chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour attends Roger Federer of Switzerland play against Gael Monfils of France during their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: New York Red Bulls player Thierry Henry attends Roger Federer of Switzerland play against Gael Monfils of France during their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Wife Mirka Federer watches her husband Roger Federer of Switzerland play against Gael Monfils of France during their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, reacts after winning the fourth set against Gael Monfils, of France, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. Federer won 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Gael Monfils, of France, lies on the court after taking a tumble on a return against Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Gael Monfils, of France, pumps his fist after winning a point against Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, watches a serve to Gael Monfils, of France, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Gael Monfils, of France, watches a serve to Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, gives Gael Monfils, of France, a pat on the shoulder after Federer's 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 win in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, delivers the final serve in his win against Gael Monfils, of France, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. Federer won 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates after defeating Gael Monfils, of France, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 4: Gael Monfils of France returns the ball to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles quarterfinal tennis match on Day 11 of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Roger Federer of Switzerland walks on to the court prior to his match against Gael Monfils of France in their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 4: Gael Monfils of France serves to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles quarterfinal tennis match on Day 11 of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, serves to Gael Monfils, of France, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Gael Monfils of France waves to the crowd after being defeated by Roger Federer of Switzerland in their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Federer defeated Monfils in five sets 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Spectators cheer during a quarterfinal between Roger Federer, of Switzerland, and Gael Monfils, of France, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Roger Federer of Switzerland signs autographs for fans following his victory against Gael Monfils of France in their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)
Musician Gwen Stefani, center, gestures during the quarterfinal match between Roger Federer, of Switzerland, and Gael Monfils, of France, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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LONDON (AP) - Roger Federer has pulled out of the ATP Finals less than one hour before his title match with Novak Djokovic, handing a third consecutive title to the top-ranked Serb.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who saved four match points in his semifinal win over Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka, said back problems preventing him from playing.

Federer told fans at the O2 Arena: "Unfortunately I'm not match fit. I can't compete at this level with Novak in a finals like this." The Swiss added: "I hope you understand."

The 33-year-old Federer spent nearly three hours on court on Saturday evening

Federer, whose back problems ruined his 2013 season, is set to play in the Davis Cup final with Wawrinka next week against France.


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