>++ So... you think he's [Fed's] lying about his back - ?
"Second-ranked Federer pulled out shortly before his quarterfinal against James
Blake because of a stiff back, but said it wasn't serious.
"This is the first time ever I've pulled out during a tournament, so it feels
bad," said Federer, who apologized to the crowd at the Bercy indoor arena said.
"I don't like to do it.
"Usually the back is something that takes a few days and it's better again. I'm
confident and I'm positive that hopefully it's going to get better in the next
Federer said he first felt a surge of pain when serving during his second-round
match against Robin Soderling on Wednesday. The pain subsided overnight but came
back in the third round against Marin Cilic when he lunged to retrieve a shot.
"Usually overnight and maybe with painkillers you sort of get over it, but I
just feel like I just can't play the way it is right now," Federer said. "I
mean, you can hit balls but you can't play professional tennis against the best
in the world."