Switzerland's Roger Federer attends a press conference at the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart, southern Germany, on June 6, 2016. AFP / THOMAS KIENZLE
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A newly fit Roger Federer Monday defended his decision to pull out of the French Open because of a back injury, rubbishing suggestions it had anything to do with the wet Paris weather.Federer, who has been plagued by knee and back injuries this year, last missed a Grand Slam event in 1999 when he skipped the U.S. Open.Federer, one of the best tennis players of all time after racking up 17 Grand Slam titles, said he had taken the time off from Paris to get back to fitness and spend time with his family.The 2009 French Open champion was full of praise for Novak Djokovic after his Serb rival won the Paris title for the first time at the weekend with a four-set victory over Andy Murray.
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