Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Roger Federer advanced to the third round of the 2012 Australian Open after Andreas Beck pulled out of tournament due to a back injury.
Federer will next meet Ivo Karlovic, who beat Carlos Berlocq in 4 sets.
The former Australian Open champion said the withdrawl came as a surprise.
"I didn't know anything about it. It came as a surprise. He said he had a lot of painkillers and pain in the last match. I guess it's the smart decision for him to take.
"I would have loved to have played. I feel sad for the fans at Hisense who would have loved to come and see me play," Federer said.
The third seed said he hoped the walkover would not affect his preparations for the third round.
"I'll just relax this afternoon and have an intense hit tomorrow," he said.