Federer reveals he rejected invite for controversial Saudi exhibition match

Federer reveals he rejected invite for controversial Saudi exhibition match

Roger Federer has not played in Paris since three years, and is looking at the tournament as a warm-up event before the ATP world tour finals.

Novak Djokovic in action.

There were signs that a return to work with long-time coach Marian Vajda had reignited Djokovic's fire but he suffered another body blow when losing to Italian Marco Cecchinato on a damp claycourt in the French Open quarter-finals then angrily threatened to skip Wimbledon. So yeah, I'll give it a go tomorrow.

The Swiss world number three will play the victor of the tie between France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Croatia's Milos Raonic on Wednesday after receiving a bye in the first round.

Nadal did not say whether he will play at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, beginning November 11. On his last appearance in 2015, he was knocked out by American Jon Isner in the Round of 16. "Something that I was not able to do this year, playing only nine events and retiring in two".

'And I was checking with the doctor and the doctor recommended to not play, because if I continue the abdominal maybe can break and can be a major thing, and I really don't want that.

Seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson, the Wimbledon runner-up, got past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3).

"I feel like I've recovered well after last week. I'm excited", he added, after winning the Swiss indoor championships in Basel on Sunday.

As a result of Nadal's withdrawal, Djokovic will be confirmed as the new world number one on Monday.

Although both players voiced concerns about the match, which is scheduled to take place in Jeddah during tennis' off-season on December 22, they are yet to officially withdraw and are seeking further information before making their decision.

Roger Federer has revealed he turned down a reported $1 million offer to appear in a controversial exhibition match in Saudi Arabia in December, where fellow tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are considering playing.

Fifth seed Marin Cilic cruised into the third round with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber.

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