Federer withdrawal brings his run of 65 consecutive Grand Slams to an end.
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Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open Thursday after failing to recover from a back injury, bringing to an end the 17-time major winner's run of 65 consecutive Grand Slams.Federer, with his 35th birthday looming in August, has played only four tournaments this year.Federer's withdrawal from the French Open, which starts Sunday, means that nine-time champion Rafael Nadal will be promoted to fourth seed in Friday's draw behind Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and defending champion Stan Wawrinka.It also means that danger-man Nadal cannot meet Djokovic or Murray before the semifinals.
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