Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic miss the Pan Pacific Open

Written by Staff Writer

Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open participation appeared in doubt when he pulled out of the Tokyo Masters on Monday with a elbow injury.

Djokovic has been suffering from pain during the past few months and skipped the US Open.

The World No. 1 has not been able to replicate his dominant form from the past 18 months, and now faces an uncertain future.

“Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion that I won’t be able to compete in the forthcoming Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo this week,” he said in a statement.

“I’m sorry, as the timing is unfortunate and an ideal way to start the Asian leg of the season.

“I wish the tournament organizers all the best for the upcoming season and look forward to competing next year in Tokyo.”

In 2015, Djokovic won his only Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, making him the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to claim all four major titles.

Meanwhile, World No. 2 Roger Federer has also withdrawn from the event in Tokyo after failing to recover from his three-set victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in New York.

“It’s really disappointing not to be able to compete in Tokyo next week,” said Federer.

“But after this weekend, it was extremely difficult to be ready to play this tournament, with the way I felt physically, and the off-season that I started yesterday.”

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is also due to miss the ATP event due to illness and Andy Murray, who reached the final in New York, and Kei Nishikori, who also lost in the semi-finals in New York, have already withdrawn.

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