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By Adrianna Outlaw | Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer joins Rafael Nadal in next week's Montreal field.

Photo credit: Miami Open

The Rogers Cup will celebrate Roger’s return next week.

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will return to Montreal for the first time since 2011 to contest next week’s Rogers Cup.

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

Empowered by his run to his 19th career Grand Slam championship at Wimbledon where he became the first man since the legendary Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win The Championships without permitting a set, Federer rides a 12-match winning streak into Montreal.

Federer has posted a 31-2 record with five titles this season. He joins second-ranked Rafael Nadal in the field as the iconic rivals continue their chase of Andy Murray and the world No. 1 ranking. 

Reigning Rogers Cup champion Novak Djokovic will not defend his title after pulling the plug on his season to rest and rehab a right elbow injury.

The third-ranked Swiss has won both Masters tournaments he’s entered this year.

The 35-year-old Federer defeated Stan Wawrinka to win his record-tying fifth Indian Wells title then defeated archrival Nadal for the fourth consecutive time to win Miami—becoming the oldest man in history to capture a Masters 1000 title.

Federer will be seeking his third Rogers Cup title, and first in Montreal. He won the tournament in Toronto in 2004 and 2006.

A decade ago, Federer reached the Montreal final falling to Novak Djokovic, 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-7 (2).

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has knocked Federer out in three of his last four Rogers Cup appearances, including victories in Montreal in 2009 and 2011.


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