Federer plays down Wawrinka rivalry, talks Race to London

by: Matt Cronin October 20, 2013

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Roger Federer, currently seventh place in the ATP Race to London (discounting Andy Murray, who has pulled out of the ATP World Tour Finals with a back injury), plays down the close points battle he's in with good friend Stanislas Wawrinka. Federer is only five points behind Wawrinka, but only 25 points ahead of Richard Gasquet for the eighth and final qualifying spot. Gasquet won Moscow on Sunday.

"I'll be happy if Stan qualifies,” Federer told the ATP web site. “If that means I'll miss it, I honestly don't care. It means he was the better player for the year. I'm always happy for his results. I don't see it as a rivalry as such. We'll see at the end of Paris how it's all going to pan out. But clearly with Murray not playing it gives an extra spot and a little more air for both of us. I hope he can play a great tournament.”

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