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Federer Confirmed For Montreal, But Wawrinka Out

Roger Federer will make his first appearance in Montreal since 2011 at next week’s Coupe Rogers, when he begins his North American summer swing.

The Swiss superstar has not competed in Canada since a 2014 final loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga when the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament was held in Toronto.

Roger Federer stretches for a backhand volley during a highly successful 2017, which has reaped five titles.
“I’m happy to be coming back to Montreal, as I have not had the chance to play there for many years,” said Federer. “This 2017 season has been very exciting and I am really looking forward to being back on the court on the ATP Tour.”

Federer captured two titles in Toronto in 2004 (d. Roddick) and 2006 (d. Gasquet). He also finished as runner-up in the Canada finals of 2007 (l. to Djokovic), 2010 (l. to Murray) and 2014. Overall, he has a 31-9 record at the prestigious tournament.

Closing in on his 36th birthday, on 8 August, Federer has enjoyed a hugely successful 2017 season, compiling a 31-2 match record with five titles – including two Grand Slam championships at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open presented by Itau.

His compatriot, Stan Wawrinka, announced on Wednesday that he has withdrawn from the Montreal event and also the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati – due to a knee injury.

“After much consideration and consultation with my doctors and my team, I have decided to skip Canada and Cincinnati to be on the safe side, although I’ve been battling hard to be fit for these events,” said Wawrinka.

“It’s hugely disappointing for my fans and for myself that I have to make this decision. But I need to be 100 per cent confident before I resume competition that the injury that has plagued at Wimbledon has been resolved. My team and I are doing everything to make this a speedy recovery.”

Wawrinka, who is currently No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, struggled with knee problems during the grass-court swing at the Aegon Championships and Wimbledon.

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/federer-wawrinka-montreal-2017-participation

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