Federer Pulls Out of Next Week's Rogers Cup

Roger Federer has announced that he has withdrawn from next week's Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal
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Roger Federer has announced that he has withdrawn from next week's Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal. He has recently talked about his back trouble, but did not give a specific reason as to why he is pulling out of the tournament.

“I am disappointed not to be playing in Montreal next week. It is a great tournament with amazing fans. I look forward to competing there in the future,” said Federer on the event Web site, www.rogerscup.com.

The former world number one, who turns 32 next week, has suffered quite a few upsets in the his last three tournaments. Sergiv Stakhovsky beat him in the second round at Wimbledon, Federico Delbonis defeated him in the Hamburg semi-finals, and Daniel Brands won their match in Gstaad. For the first time since 2003, Federer has fallen out of the world’s top four. He has won only one title this season, which was on Halle’s grass court in the build-up to Wimbledon.

Federer has twice been crowned champion of the Rogers Cup in 2004 and 2006. He also lost in the finals to Novak Djokovic in Montreal in 2007. Both Viktor Troicki and Marin Cilic will also not be competing in the event. Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Spaniard Pablo Andujar will now be in the main draw.