Federer pulls out of ATP Finals

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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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