Federer fit to defend Masters Cup
Roger Federer will be fit to defend his Masters Cup title in Shanghai after recovering from an ankle injury.
The world number one had been a major doubt after missing the final three weeks of the regular season with a torn ankle ligament.
"A few weeks ago I was not sure how quickly my ankle would recover but now I am on the court and playing again," said Federer.
"I go to Shanghai with a fresh mind and look forward to defending the title."
Marat Safin confirmed on Wednesday that he will not play in Shanghai because of injury.
QUALIFIED FOR SHANGHAI
1. Roger Federer
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Andy Roddick
4. Lleyton Hewitt
- Marat Safin*
5. Andre Agassi
* Safin has withdrawn
The Russian stated on his website last week that a knee problem would rule him out and he has now informed the ATP.
Safin has agreed to travel to Shanghai for the tournament, which begins on 13 Novemeber, for promotional duties.
Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi all have injury worries, leaving Andy Roddick the only qualified player without any fitness concerns.
Agassi has been inactive since losing the US Open final to Federer, and a suspect back means it remains uncertain whether he will play.
Hewitt could miss the event either to attend the birth of his first child or because of an ongoing toe injury.
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Published: 2005/11/03 15:48:55 GMT
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