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Murray Withdraws From Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

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Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray explains his withdrawal from the tournament on Tuesday.

Great Britain’s Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals due to a groin strain, and will be replaced by World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in round robin Group A.

“It's just a really difficult decision to make because it's one of the best tournaments in the year to play and it's something that you also work all year to play here, as well,” lamented the British No. 1.

Murray admitted he’d been unable to train properly in the week ahead of the circuit finale after straining his groin during practice the Monday before last. He fell in straight sets to Spaniard David Ferrer in his opening round robin match.

“There was no real positive sort of coming out and playing because yesterday I was really unhappy on the court,” said Murray. “I wasn't enjoying it at all. This is one of the best tournaments in the year, one that I think me and all of the players look forward to playing. I couldn't give anywhere near my best, so that's what was disappointing. It would probably do myself more damage by playing than not.”

Murray had produced a stellar campaign this autumn, winning titles in three consecutive weeks to overtake Roger Federer at No. 3 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. With his withdrawal, Federer could reclaim the No. 3 ranking by reaching the final this week in London.

Tipsarevic will make his debut at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday afternoon when he faces Czech Tomas Berdych

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