ATP Masters: Federer pulls out of Montreal event

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Roger Federer is still being troubled by a back problem and announced his withdrawal from next week’s ATP Masters series tournament in Montreal.

The Swiss ace has been struggling with the problem, which first came to light when he was suprisingly knocked out of Wimbledon in the second-round by Sergiy Stakhovsky, for a month and he has also suffered defeats to low-ranked players in two clay-court events.

Following his defeat to German Daniel Brands in the second round of the Swiss Open in Gstaad last week, Federer revealed on his Facebook page that he would not be appearing in Canada.

He said: “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.”

It was after another surprise defeat in Germany last month that the Swiss ace first informed fans that he was struggling with injury and that he might be a doubt for the Rogers Cup.

“I’ve had serious problems with the back; I had to get some anti-inflammatories in Hamburg due to the pain,” he said last week when giving more details on the problem.

“I will have to do a lot of exercises and see how it all feels. My main priority now is to fix my back.

I would love to be able to train at 100 per cent.”

The Rogers Cup, currently a title held by Novak Djokovic, will see the return to action of Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray as he begins his build up to Flushing Meadows for the US Open, which starts on August 26.

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