Federer out of Madrid Open

  • Last Updated: May 6 2014, 13:09 BST

Roger Federer has pulled out of this week's Madrid Open to be with wife Mirka as they await the birth of their third child.

Roger Federer: Out of Madrid and could miss Roland Garros
Roger Federer: Out of Madrid and could miss Roland Garros

The world number four, who has four-year-old twin girls, said at the Monte Carlo Masters last month that he would have no qualms about missing any tournament, even the French Open, to ensure he was at the birth.

Federer said on his Facebook page: "I've decided to withdraw from Madrid to be with my wife Mirka during these next few exciting weeks for our family.

"I apologise to my fans and hope to be back in Madrid next year. I'll be training near my home, and am excited to rejoin the Tour soon!"

Federer has been secretive about the due date, insisting only Mirka knows, but he seems certain to miss next week's Rome Masters and may well skip Roland Garros, too.

Federer had been scheduled to play Gilles Simon in the second round in Madrid and his place will now be taken by a lucky loser.