World number 2 and the last year's Rogers Cup finalist Roger Federer has announced he will not play Canada Masters 1000 event in August, taking more time for rest before returning to action in Cincinnati! Roger's last match came at Wimbledon where he wasted a match point in the super exciting quarter-final meeting with Kevin Anderson and he is not ready to play both Masters 1000 tournaments before the US Open, opting to make a longer break and get back at his best in Cincinnati (he hasn't played there since 2015) and the US Open.
Roger had made his debut in Canada 18 years ago and he has won two titles there in 2004 and 2006, losing four more finals including the one against Alexander Zverev 12 months ago. He has won 35 matches overall in Canada and performed in very close finals against Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
As we all know, Roger is scheduling his tournaments very carefully in the last couple of seasons in order to stay competitive at every tournament and he didn't want to risk anything by playing in Toronto. 2014 was the last year we saw Federer in both Canada and Cincinnati (he reached two finals) and that will probably never happen again, with the US Open and the Laver Cup waiting just around the corner in September.
“I’m so disappointed not to play at the Rogers Cup this summer,” said Federer. “I had a fantastic time in Montreal last year and always enjoy playing in front of the Canadian fans, but unfortunately with scheduling being the key to my longevity moving forward, I have regrettably decided to withdraw from Toronto this year.ALSO READ: ATP Rankings: Rafael Nadal stays 2230 points ahead of Roger Federer
I wish the tournament every success and am sorry to miss it.”