Former world No. 1 Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Toronto Masters and Cincinnati Masters due to an ongoing knee issue. Federer, 39, last played at Wimbledon, where he made the quarterfinal before losing in straight sets to Hubert Hurkacz.
After his Wimbledon campaign, Federer announced he would not be participating at the Tokyo Olympics. "I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honor and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland.
I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the Tour later this summer. I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be rooting hard from afar," Federer said last month.
Alexander Zverev joins Federer
5 Alexander Zverev also won't be playing at the Toronto Masters. “I regret to inform you that, unfortunately, I have to withdraw from the National Bank Open in Toronto,” Zverev said in a statement. “Due to the intense past couple of weeks and my incredible experience at the Olympics, I need to recover so that I can hopefully be at my best for the remainder of the U.S.
summer swing. It was a difficult decision for me as I have had great memories from Canada and I can’t wait to be back next year!” Last week, Zverev captured his first gold medal after beating Karen Khachanov in the Tokyo Ollympics final.
"This is so much bigger than anything else in sports, especially in tennis - this is an incredible feeling me for me right now," Zverev said. "There is nothing better than this. You are not only playing for yourself, you are playing for your country, and the Olympics are the biggest sporting event in the world.
The feeling I have now, and will have, nothing will be better." Zverev was down by a set and a break against Novak Djokovic in the semifinal before creating a stunning comeback to win in three sets. Zverev then handed a straight-set defeat to Khachanov in the final.
"Those four sets were pretty decent," joked Zverev, batting back suggestions the comeback from a set down against Djokovic and straight-sets win over Khachanov, with their eight- and seven-game surges respectively, constituted some of the best tennis of his career.
"I could always hit the ball quite hard – this week it was going more into the court than not, I guess," he said, later adding: "All the tennis experts and ex-players, they always saw other guys being better than me. I now have 16 tournaments wins, four Masters 1000 wins, the ATP Finals, and a gold medal."