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Roger Federer withdraws from Rogers Cup in Toronto next month

The tennis champ wants to be in peak condition for the US Open that starts two weeks after Rogers Cup

T2 Online Newsdesk 24 July 2018, 12:33 PM
Federer is a two-time champion at the Rogers Cup

Federer is a two-time champion at the Rogers Cup Image: AFP

 Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup, which will take place in Toronto next month, in order to be in peak condition for the US Open.

Federer is a two-time champion at the Rogers Cup, which alternates between Toronto and Montreal. He's won twice in Toronto and was runner-up last year in Montreal.

"Unfortunately with scheduling being the key to my longevity moving forward, I have regrettably decided to withdraw from Toronto this year," Federer said in a statement on Monday. "I ... am sorry to miss it."

The Rogers Cup, which starts on August 6, still features 19 of the world's top 20 ranked players.

No. 2-ranked Federer is next scheduled to play the following week in Cincinnati, where he has won a record seven times. He missed it last year because of a back injury.

The US Open in New York starts two weeks later.

Federer, due to turn 37 during the Rogers Cup, has played seven tournaments this year and won three. He last appeared at Wimbledon and lost in the quarter-finals.

(Inputs from AP)

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