Originally Posted by THUNDERVOLLEY
"Not there" means the finals, kid.
No, it means that he wasn't there, ie he didn't take part in the tournament (which he did).
Guess what? If you really wanted to convey the meaning that Federer didn't have to face Nadal in the final, you would have said, well, "... but he didn't have to face Nadal in the final".
Maybe you need to brush up on your comprehension skills, too...