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Scheduled to play on HiSense Arena for the first time since the second round in 2004, Roger Federer and Andreas Beck never took to the court. Beck withdrew with a lower back injury, granting Federer a walkover into the third round of the 2012 Australian Open. Federer said the withdrawal from Beck came as a surprise.

“I didn’t know anything about it. It came as a surprise. He said he had a lot of painkillers and pain in the last match. I guess it’s the smart decision for him to take.”

“I would have loved to have played. I feel sad for the fans at Hisense who would have loved to come and see me play,” Federer said.

The Swiss maestro hopes the walkover will not affect his preparations for the third round, where he faces Ivo Karlovic.

“I’ll just relax this afternoon and have an intense hit tomorrow.” Federer remains on a 21 match win streak leading into his third round match.

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