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Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion and one of the world’s greatest tennis players, Roger Federer, is coming to Perth for the Hopman Cup. The world No.3 returns to Western Australia for the first time in 15 years.

Federer will partner world No.16 Belinda Bencic to represent Switzerland at the ITF’s official mixed team competition at Perth Arena from 1 to 7 January 2017.

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Tennis Canada announced Tuesday that world No. 3 Roger Federer and world No. 4 Rafael Nadal have withdrawn from Rogers Cup in Toronto.

“I have made the tough decision to withdraw from Rogers Cup,” said Federer. “Toronto is one of my favourite events on the calendar and I am disappointed that I won’t be able to compete in front of the great tennis fans in Canada. Looking ahead, it is best for me that I take more time after Wimbledon. I look forward to coming back to Canada next year and I wish Karl Hale and everyone at Tennis Canada a very successful tournament.”

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The Western & Southern Open announced today the 43 highest-ranked men on the ATP World Tour are entered to play the event in August. Joining them are four of the Top 5, and 33 of the highest ranked eligible 37 women on the WTA.

ESPN commentator Chris Fowler helped make the announcement at a media event held in downtown Cincinnati. Organizers also announced additional fan experience upgrades including an updated smartphone app, new Family Zone, and increased broadcast coverage.  The event will be held August 13-21 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. 

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Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, who crashed out of Wimbledon on Friday losing a tough five setter to Milos Raonic, has said he has no plans just yet of retiring. It was the first time Federer had lost in a Wimbledon semi-final and after the 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6 defeat, the 34-year-old saluted all four corners of Centre Court on Friday, prompting speculation that he might be hanging up his boots.

"To be very clear for you, I hope to be back on Centre Court," Federer was quoted as saying by the BBC on Friday. "It was a thank you for the crowd. That's what I was going through, not thinking that this might be my last Wimbledon."

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Milos Raonic fulfilled a long time dream on Friday as he reached his first Grand Slam final after beating seven-time champion Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in three hours and 25 minutes at Wimbeldon. In a virtuoso display of serving, Raonic had the veteran struggling for timing on his returns and lost serve only once in 27 service games.

Raonic had lost at the same stage to Federer in 2014 but this year has looked a man on a mission after starting 2016 with a fine showing in Australia reaching the semifinals at Melbourne after winning the title at Brisbane.

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Milos Raonic became the first Canadian men's singles tennis player to reach a Grand Slam final after edging Swiss maestro Roger Federer in a Wimbledon semi-final on Friday. 25-year-old Raonic beat the seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a very memorable encounter at the All England Club.

Sixth-seeded Raonic moves on to Sunday's final to face the winner of the other semi-final between Scot Andy Murray, who won Wimbledon in 2013, and 10th seed Tomas Berdych, a former Wimbledon runner-up.

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An incredible day of tennis on Centre Court at Wimbledon saw both Roger Federer and Andy Murray involved in highly contrasting 5-set battles, but once the smoke cleared and all was said and done, both men had booked their spots in the semi-finals of Wimbledon 2016.

7-time Champion Roger Federer was up first against Croatia's Marin Cilic, and for large periods looked certain to exit the tournament at the quarter-final stage, falling behind 2 sets to love against a player producing some fantastic tennis. Cilic won the opening set in a tiebreak before taking the second 6-4 before Federer showed glimpses of life, reducing the deficit by taking the third set 6-3.

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