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MONTREAL – After three consecutive tournament exits against low-ranked opponents, Roger Federer pulled out of next week’s Rogers Cup without giving a reason Friday.
The owner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles did recently complain about a bad back, however.
Federer, who turns 32 next Thursday, made the unusual move of participating in a pair of minor clay-court tournaments in the period between playing on Wimbledon’s grass and shifting to the North American summer hard-court season.
A loss to 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round at the All England Club ended Federer’s streak of reaching the quarter-finals at 36 consecutive major tournaments. It also marked Federer’s earliest Grand Slam exit since 2003.
Next came a semifinal loss on clay at Hamburg to 114th-ranked qualifier Federico Delbonis, followed by a defeat against 55th-ranked Daniel Brands in Federer’s opening match on clay at Gstaad, Switzerland. In addition to his bothersome…
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