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Federer latest top name to pull out of Toronto Masters

Published on Aug 4, 2012 7:22 AM

TORONTO (REUTERS) - World number one Roger Federer has withdrawn from next week's Toronto Masters, saying he needs a rest after a busy schedule which includes Sunday's Olympic men's singles final, Tennis Canada said on Friday.

The absence of the 17-times grand slam winner was announced a day after world number three Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Aug 4-12 tournament with a knee injury and robs the event of two of its biggest attractions.

"I have always enjoyed playing there but after a long stretch of tournaments, I will need some time to recover," Federer said in a statement. "I look forward to coming back to Canada next year."

Federer's decision came shortly after he defeated Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 7-6 19-17, in the Olympic men's semi-final on Friday, which was the longest men's three-set match played in the professional era.

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