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An Olympic year always meant that certain tournaments were going to suffer as player fatigue kicks in towards the second half of the season, and the Rogers Cup was always the most likely tournament to be affected due to its proximity to the Olympic Games.
Right on the heels of Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from the tournament yesterday, the tournament lost its other major drawing card today as Olympic Final bound Roger Federer decided to give his body a well deserved break and pull out of the Canadian Masters series event.
"I am very disappointed that I have to withdraw from Toronto as I love the city and the Canadian fans are amazing. I have always enjoyed playing there but after a long stretch of tournaments, I will need some time to recover,â€ said Federer. "I look forward to coming back to Canada next year."
It's not all bad news though for Canadians as local favourite Milos Raonic is now elevated into the top 16 seeds as a result of Federer's withdrawal, and will receive an opening round bye. While the player himself might be thrilled with that, the fans might have mixed reactions as it means they will not get to see their home hero compete till the second round matches get underway.
There are three Canadians though who received tournament wildcards, so there are enough local players for the fans in Toronto to follow.
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- 04/08/2012 23:54 - Djokovic - Del Potro set for another showdown at Rogers Cup, Murray - Raonic likely third rounder