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The sixth-ranked Tsonga said he was “sad” to hear of Federer’s withdrawal as he was looking forward to the chance to face the player he lost to six times last year but beat in an epic five-set match at Wimbledon.

“It’s good for me to play against him to see how is my level, how I feel, at the beginning of the season against a guy like this,” Tsonga said. “I’m sad for him. I’m sad because I will not play.”

Tsonga will play either Nadal or Monfils in Saturday’s final.

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