Federer to skip Montreal Masters

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Roger Federer (Profile) confirmed today on his Facebook page that he is to skip the Rogers Cup in Montreal next week (Updated 2013 Entry List). It will be the second year in succession that Federer has missed the tournament after not competing in Toronto last year.

Federer is yet to state the reasons for the withdrawal but it is likely that he is resting up with the back injury that has plagued him for much of the year. The former No.1 hasn’t had the best of times this year, taking until Halle to win his first title of 2013. He failed to take that form into Wimbledon, losing early to Sergiy Stakhovsky.

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. – via Facebook.

After losing over a 1000 points with the second round exit, Federer chose to take wildcards into the clay events of Hamburg 500 and Gstaad 250. Even the change of racquet, which now has a head of 98 square inches as opposed to the previous 90, couldn’t help him to the titles. An inspired Federico Delbonis took out Federer in two tie break sets to make the final while in Gstaad, it was Daniel Brands that was victorious over Federer 6-3 6-4. It was Federer’s inability to take break points that found him in trouble, going 0 for 5 on break points while Brands took 2 of the 6 available.

Federer has 0 points to defend in Canada but will take another big points hit should he be forced to withdraw from Cincinnati too. His title there last year means he will have 1000 points to defend.

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