Roger Federer Confirms Montreal Canadian Open Apperance
by Staff | August 2nd, 2017, 2:03 pm

Roger Federer has confirmed his intention to play the Canadian Open in Montreal next week, the Swiss announced on his website.

“I’m happy to be coming back to Montreal as I have not had a chance to play there for many years,” said Federer. “This 2017 season has been very exciting and I am really looking forward to being back out on the court on the ATP Tour.”

Federer, who turns 36 next Tuesday during the event, is then also scheduled to play Cincinnati before the US Open. And with him in the Race lead, his entry suggests he’s making a run at the No. 1 ranking currently held by Andy Murray.

Federer has won the Canadian Open twice but back in 2004 and 2006, and has played just one time in the last five years, making the finals in 2014.

With defending champion Novak Djokovic done for the season, Federer will be joined by rivals Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

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10 Comments for Roger Federer Confirms Montreal Canadian Open Apperance

Daniel Says:

So Murray also confirmed? Wawa out as well due to knee injury for both Masters, think his chances are gone for USO as well, even with him being a bg match players. Will see, maybe the rest / recovery will be good for him. But he lost his last three matches in a row: RG finals, Queens 1st round and Wimbledon 1st round.

Fed and Nadal could meet in semis depending on draw. Hope Delpo continue his run in DC and make a good run in Canada as well. At least we know he won’t be drawn to Djoko for a change;-)

the_mind_reels Says:

Not sure if the staff is just counting its chickens before they hatch, but Federer is currently ranked #2 in the race (?), so not sure what is meant by “And with him in the Race lead, his entry suggests he’s making a run at the No. 1 ranking currently held by Andy Murray.”

Regardless, excited to see Fed back on the court next week!

chrisford1 Says:

I think Fed is in the lead in the race to London’s year end #1 – not the present rolling 365 rankings.

ram Says:

No, he is not, yet in the lead in the race… He should be in lead by the end of next week I hope!

Tony N Says:

Nadal (7,095) still has a 550 point lead in the Race’s 2017 year-to-date points over Federer (6,545).

Federer skipped Montreal in 2005 (one of four Masters that he missed due to several injuries that year), 2013 and 2015. Roger has not won the Canadian Open whenever it was held in Montreal, though he reached the final in 2007. His two titles came in Toronto (where I have watched many of his matches in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).

I’m surprised that Roger said he will be playing Montreal. Since 2011, Federer has played only once in Canada (2014 Toronto final, lost to Tsonga)… usually withdrawing about one week before the tournament starts (good for the tournament’s ticket sales, bad for his fans who had paid all that money and vacation time to be there).

One scenario is that Federer is going to MOntreal to stoke publicity for his Laver Cup and to celebrate his 36th birthday next Tuesday. Then he loses in an early round (like Stuttgart/Basel), latest quarterfinals… before heading to his third ‘home’ Cincinnati by the weekend. If Nadal loses early, Federer has less incentive to remain in Montreal.

The alternative scenario is that Federer is really serious about making one last run at the year-end ranking (unlike in 2012). If this is the case, he will be practising hard and trying his best to win as much as he can in Montreal, Cincinnati and USO — to build a buffer that will give him flexibility on how much he has to play after the Laver Cup.

Regardless, to Federer, winning Cincinnati is probably as important or more than winning Basel (it’s the HQ of his Team8 agency as well as his manager Tony Godsick’s home — so probably a lot of his company’s business gets done over that week).

Giles Says:

Fed playing back to back tourneys, a week off and then a GS. Hope he’s not a stretcher case at the end of it all!

Tony N Says:

Federer dropped only one set during the entire grass season, in Stuttgart (possibly to help his buddy’s Tommy Haas’s farewell season) — this was more than written off by Dolgopolov’s second set retirement at Wimbledon.

I doubt Federer will want to play too many three setters in Montreal.

Regardless, at the end of it all, it’s unlikely that Roger will need to re-build his body using stem cell therapy or growth factor therapy (growth hormone therapy is the third part of the equation) or rejuvenate in a high-tech sarcophagus. 10 days’ rest and he should be ready for the Laver Cup.

Humble Rafa Says:

No one should skip a tournament named after them. It’s just rude.

Tony N Says:

No one should criticize a dead person for skipping the tournament named after him. It’s considered profane in the afterlife.
Ted Rogers, RIP.

skeezer Says:

^Dunked! lol..

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