Roger Federer Withdraws From Cincinnati
by Staff | August 14th, 2017, 12:56 pm
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Roger Federer has withdrawn from Cincinnati, the tournament announced earlier today.

“I am very sorry to pull out of the Western & Southern Open as I always enjoy playing here,” Federer said. “Cincinnati has some of the best fans in the world and I am sorry I will miss them. Unfortunately, I tweaked my back in Montreal and I need to rest this week.”

The 7-time Cincinnati champion was in the hunt for the No. 1 ranking, but will now be a No. 3 seed at the US Open behind Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

Federer was visibly in distress yesterday in the second set against Alexander Zverev int he Candian Open final.

Afterward, Federer hinted this withdrawal was coming.

I’ll travel to Cincinnati tonight, then take a decision in the next couple of days and see how I feel after five days of playing if I’m ready to play in Cincy next week or not,” Federer said.

“Felt all right all week. Had a bit of muscle pain, aches and pains here and there, just because it’s back on the match courts, on the hard courts. After vacation and practice, it’s always a bit of a shock for the body.

“We’ll have to wait and see now how I feel in the next couple of days.”

Federer, who missed last year’s event, joins Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic on the sidelines of the event. His withdrawal leaves just 4 of the Top 10 in attendance.


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54 Comments for Roger Federer Withdraws From Cincinnati

Willow Says:

People are saying this makes Rafa the new number 1, does anyone know if this is correct ? ….


Willow Says:

Nice one Rafa ;-)


J-Kath Says:

I found this article to be a better quality than most.
http://deadspin.com/roger-federers-dream-season-might-be-finally-catching-u-1797825065

Willow: Andy loses 600 points by not appearing in Cincy – hence the reality is Rafa is No. 1 going into the contest before he hits a ball.


madmax Says:

This is the best decision that Roger could have made.

It could easily have happened in any of the tournaments after Australia, but we have been so fortunate that Roger has been on a roll. So glad that he has listened to his team. Not easy, when you want to win, win and win some more.

Hope the back is healthy enough to play the US open. Will be interesting to see how he feels during practice the few days leading up tot he US Open. Am sure though he will feel a whole lot better and I, for one, am happy that taking this time off (though he did not anticipate this), will at least give him a shot at the USOpen, hate to say it, but, one more time.

I think if he continues playing lights out, as he has this year, he will be on crutches. Would hate to see that – has to look after that body and make sure it is in optimum form, come USOpen. There is still a chance he would be No. 1 year end, but in all seriousness, I really don’t care about this.

If Roger plays until the end of the year – I would be happy.


madmax Says:

May be secretly, Novak, Andy, Roger Stan Kei, Cilic, meet up to compare notes!


madmax Says:

Hi J-Kath,

Yeah, read the article and agree with you,


J-Kath Says:

Taa Madmax.

Re: Cincy: Am noting that Russian, D. Medveden (21 years old) falls to Fognini – but…but…watch out for him.


Markus Says:

madmax, Raonic may be presiding at that meeting.


Willow Says:

Thanks for the info J-Kath and Giles ….


Daniel Says:

Wise decision.

After AO he lost ealry Dubai and won IW/Miami. Skipped clay lost in Stutgart won Halle and Wimbledon. Lost Canada and wins USO / Shangai?!😜

He should rsest now and recover. USO and #20 is the ultimate prize at this point in the season and potentially Year End #1 with it. Have some 15 days rest before he hot the courts in NY.

If Nadal doesn’t win Cincy he will have another shot at USO.
Also if Murray recover and is able to play USO Fed and Nadal could gace of in semis in NY.


J-Kath Says:

madmax: Roger already has enuf points to be certain of a showing at WTF. Being Roger – he will not want to jeopardise that – a venue that is right up his street plus the kudos.


skeezer Says:

Very concerned about Feds back. As the Doc once told me after re injuring it so many times… “you only have so many fun tickets left in your back. Once you run out, you’re done. Take good care of it”.
Fed has tweaked his back numerous times. Common issue with Tennis players, It ended Aggasi’s career ex;. It’s also one of the reasons you don’t see the American twist serve any more, or very little….serving and unintended mis-direction can wreak havoc on the spine.


Markus Says:

Can you imagine a US Open without Federer, Djokovic, Murray (add Wawrinka and Cilic who is also questionable)?


skeezer Says:

Markus just read your post earlier about Rafa’s chances. You’re right in a sense, he will not face Murray, Fed, or Djoker for sure. Gone. But he has lost to Muller, Denis, etc and making WildCards famous.. Go figure..


Markus Says:

Of the Big Four, is it Nadal who loses the most to teenagers? It seems like that. I’m too lazy to check. I know there are statisticians here who can rattle it off their heads in an instant.


Humble Rafa Says:

Thanks for the wishes. Happy to be the best again.

Ironic that someone would get injured and that I would become number 1.

Some cats are not getting good food tonight. That’s okay.

#unskeeze
#goatandgoatowner


Humble Rafa Says:

When I hurt my fingers, knee, shoulder, groin and many other parts of my body, no forum felt sorry for me.

#love


Okiegal Says:

WOWZER!! Congratulations to Rafa and his team!!


Wog Boy Says:

Novartis can take you only so far, the old fart is the old fart.
Zverev had 36 years old, who played like a 36 years old off the pills (you have to make brake in consuming them in order to maximize their benefits) on the ropes from the beginning and was better player all along until midway through the second set 36 years old supposedly tweaked his back and took the gloss from Zverev victory, as he always does when he loses big matches, and fakes class acts in the press conference.
Just wait and see miraculous recovery for the USO…in time for the new dose, thank you Novartis;)


Humble Rafa Says:

Wog Boy,

I don’t disagree with anything you said. You are such a sane and knowledgeable person. But people on this forum will be coming after you like there is no tomorrow.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks Humble Rafa.


rognadfan Says:

At least Fed didn’t fake it outright or pretend to be hurt for 2 games and begin fly on the court for the rest of the match.

Congrats to Rafa though. It can extend the lead this week and further at USO. Fed is unlikely to make a deep run at USO, IMO. Then again, Rafa could run into the likes of Muller too. Still, Rafa has a better chance of finishing #1 now. Federer may just have exhausted his share of the ‘brightest rays of that dying candle’.


J-Kath Says:

Monfils has also withdrawn from Cincy….goodness gracious …tempted to ask who is left….or has it to do with the GS hot on Cincy heels?


J-Kath Says:

Rognafan: Rafa goes in to Cincy as No. 1 – all that remains is a formal announcement on Monday. This could only change if Federer changed his mind and decided to play or Andy suddenly decided he would play (then the 600 points Andy will automatically lose because he isn’t defending them would remain a question of how well he did)- and/or Rafa did.


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy:

Excuse ignorance. Who or what is Novartis?


J-Kath Says:

PS: Anyone who is interested – Reports state that Cilic has withdrawn from Cincy.


rognadfan Says:

J-Kath,
I am aware of that. What I am saying is by potentially winning the title at Cincy Rafa can extend the lead over Federer (and Murray), and if he manages to get to the business end of USO he can finish the year # 1. For Federer it’s a huge question mark, his USO prospect is inclined more towards a so so in light of the injury situation (and lack of practice obviously).


Markus Says:

Novartis is a pharmaceutical company … and oh, the know-it-all Novak worshiper is back spreading vile rumors because that’s all he can do against the indubitable greatness of Roger Federer. Keep spewing them out…they’re not going to change anything. We already know about your jealousy and bitterness anyway, so what’s new. Same old so g from you and the likes of you.


Markus Says:

“same old song”


t4t Says:

I think all nextgen are packed into Nadal’s quarter. No wonder he loses more often to them.


t4t Says:

@Wog Boy
Ha ha! The Fed fans are ready to skin you alive!These guys can’t take what they have been liberally dishing out to others for years!


skeezer Says:

“Who or what is Novartis?”
Same as PharmaS.


Humble Rafa Says:

Novartis is a Swiss citizen related to the Arrogant One. She was born many years ago. She has been kind to many people. Many people worship her.

In 2016, she made $40 billion in revenue selling magic potions to tennis players.


Daniel Says:

Jeea, another withdraw.

Hope at least they are withdrawing now to be fit for USO. Murray, Fed, Kei, Cilic..

Zverev will play freely this week with no pressure and he may surprise us again.

Nadal will be #1 now I think with the lowest amount of points in recent year. A the begging of the year, after AO, I said that due to the potential 4 man race, Year End #1 would be just a bit higher than 10,000 pts.

As of now, Fed is 40 pts behind Nadal in race, Zverev is 3000 pts away and Thiem 3800 pts. These are the only 4 than can actually be #1. Zverev or Thiem would have to win USO. And if so, one block the other. So,we still have a potential 3 men race.

There is still 7000 – 7500 pts to be gain (1000 for Cincy, 2000 USO, 1000 Shanghai, 1000 Paris, 1500 WTF and 2 ATP 500 if one of these players decides to play more tourneys). Federer off curse is already 1000 pts less, and he won’t play 2 500, so he is intending for 6000 pts, if not less.

What happens in Cincy can give us more indication, but after USO that things will be close to definition, if it’s going to be just Fedal or Zverev or Thiem will get in the mix.


Humble Rafa Says:

Nadal will be #1 now I think with the lowest amount of points in recent year. A the begging of the year, after AO, I said that due to the potential 4 man race, Year End #1 would be just a bit higher than 10,000 pts.

Your English can only go up from here. Your English is not as terrible as the Kia guy at the Australian Open.


jatin Says:

Great decision by fed.
15 days should be enough to relax your back and get healthy again.
Its unfortunate to see him being this close to No. 1 ranking and this happened. But this is what happens when you are old, frequent injuries and late recovery time are common. We are fortunate to see him being this dominant at such age. He just needs to take proper care of his body and play as few events as possible ( Like he has done all year)
Anyway, I hope we would see a Fit Fed again in USO courts. He has every chance to win it and take the No. 1 ranking again.
Wish you a healthy recovery Fed :)

And congrts to Rafa and his fans for getting the world no. 1 ranking again. He deserved it fully with an amazing year he is having. It must be awesome to see your fav as world no. 1 again after so many years.
VAMOUS Rafa(The new world no. 1)


Daniel Says:

Mine and yours Humble, no?


t4t Says:

I don’t think Zverev will do well at Cincy. He must be tired and surely wouldn’t overstrain himself when US Open beckons. Kyrgios, if he gets his head together, can make a run here. Nadal is vulnerable on grass and now also on hard court. But if he can play more aggressively and inside the court, he can win this. On the other hand, we could have a surprise winner.


skeezer Says:

Rafa could face either Querry, Theim, Fognini, & Muller who are on his side of the draw. All guys he’s lost to, 3 that have been this year alone….. and Rafa has been playing great this year, no? That said, it is a t4t “cupcake draw” for the Bull.


t4t Says:

Skeezer, those are always reserved for your man.


skeezer Says:

Are you referring to my 12:45am post? If so read it again. Fed is not mentioned.


t4t Says:

Why should Fed be mentioned? cupcake draws are reserved for him. No such luck for lesser mortals like the Bull or the Knight.


skeezer Says:

^only in your book. You have been debunked on the subject as you will not research and bring up consistent facts on the matter.


Pamela Says:

madam – excellent post and agree 1000%. Sad that we won’t be able to see Roger in action, but it looked (to me anyway) that as the week went by Roger was not moving as well and by Sunday, poker face and all, clearly something was not right…. I hope the 2 weeks off gives Roger some release. #1 would have been nice (had he moved ahead of Rafa), but at the end of the day being healthy and hopefully winning the US Open are more important than testing his body out in Cinci…regardless, a year ago I only dreamed of Roger making a comeback. IMO it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy (sorry Rafa fans)….Fingers crossed Roger simply tweaked the back and he will be back in action, healthy, happy and raring to go in NY


Pamela Says:

Humble Rafa… me thinks you need to drop the “humble” in front of Rafa…. you are far from humble… It is nice your Rafa has the chance at #1… yes, it would be better to fight for it, but regardless of how he gets there it would be nice… Maybe you can be as nice to Roger and whomever else you seem to not like….. anyway, just a thought about dropping the Humble… or….you can always decide to be nice.. there’s an option!!


Willow Says:

Come on Pamela, HR isnt a Rafa, i doubt hes even a tennis fan to be truthful ….


skeezer Says:

^ Then why does he post here?


Humble Rafa Says:

i doubt hes even a tennis fan to be truthful

I have 10 FOs. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. Just for fun sake, I am also about to be number 1. Doing all of this while being Humble.


madmax Says:

skeezer Says:
Very concerned about Feds back. As the Doc once told me after re injuring it so many times… “you only have so many fun tickets left in your back. Once you run out, you’re done. Take good care of it”.

Skeezer, no different to Rafa’s knees, and he has had plenty more injuries than Roger and has come back stronger and better than ever.

If Roger isn’t ready, then it is what it is. We stay at glorious 19 and continue to irritate the likes of the psychos on this site who don’t even bother to support their own players when they lose, and call them names, call them out, tell them how useless they are. It’s a pathetic show of the lower class, but then what do you expect from infidels?


madmax Says:

Inside the elegant exterior is a fierce competitor who is incredibly driven.
You don’t get to where Federer is without that. And in plain old statistical-based terms, he’s the greatest male player of all time. Pure and simple.

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/15/roger-federer-set-to-cement-place-as-the-goat-but-is-he-set-for-even-more-domination-6781578/#ixzz4pqXOziQI


madmax Says:

Novak,

We wish you well and thanks for keeping your true and dedicated fans up to date with your recovery process. Seems that you don’t have any on this site, just the ones who are here when you win. They are not real fans.

Three weeks since making the announcement, which will rule the 30-year-old out of the upcoming US Open and the ATP World Tour Finals, Djokovic says he is spending ‘every free moment either doing therapy or being with my family’.
In a post uploaded to his official Facebook page, the 12-time Grand Slam champion said: ‘I know you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to and how my recovery is going. ‘I am spending every free moment either doing a therapy or being with my family. It is really peaceful and I am so grateful for these moments.

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/15/novak-djokovic-provides-update-on-his-recovery-after-suffering-season-ending-elbow-injury-6853951/#ixzz4pqYUcAwA

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/15/novak-djokovic-provides-update-on-his-recovery-after-suffering-season-ending-elbow-injury-6853951/#ixzz4pqY9rY7M


J-Kath Says:

Rognadfan

Okey-doke.

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