Roger Federer will not play in this week’s Madrid Open due to a back injury.
The third-ranked Federer suffered the injury during practice Saturday and is withdrawing as a precaution. He described the back injury as “normal back things I’ve had in past.”
“I’m OK with it,” Federer told reporters. “At least I know what it is.”
Federer, the Madrid Open champion in 2006, 2009 and 2012, has played in only three events this season. He missed three months earlier this year after undergoing knee surgery following the Australian Open.
“I’d rather play it safe and get ready for Rome,” Federer said. “If I can’t play Rome, it’s not the end of the world, but hopefully I’ll get to play.”
Information from the Press Association contributed to this report.