World Number 1 Roger Federer has been ruled out of the ATP 500 event in Dubai with a lung effection, the news will be a great dissapointment to fans around the world who would have been looking forward to the possibility of a Federer v Andy Murray Semi Final, which would have been a repeat of the Australian Open final from 2 weeks ago which Federer won in straight sets.
Federer's victory in Melbourne a fortnight ago was the 16th Grand Slam title of
his illustrious career.
The Swiss maestro will hope to be fit for the US Masters 1000 events which take place in Indian Wells, California and Miami.
Federer is a former champion at both Indian Wells and Miami but he has not won at either venue since 2006.
World Number 3 Rafael Nadal hopes to make his comeback at Indian Wells, Nadal is the defending champion at the prestigious event.