After several days of speculations, world number five Roger Federer has officially confirmed that he won’t be participating at the Montreal Masters 2013 tournament, which begins on Monday, August 5. The Swiss star had posted poor results in the past couple of months. Federer lost in the second round of Wimbledon Championships, reached the semifinals of Hamburg Open and lost in the second round of the Suisse Open in Gstaad.
Federer posted on his official Facebook page that he’s disappointed to miss the ATP 1000 Masters event in Montreal. He’s a two-time Rogers Cup champion with both of those wins coming from Toronto in 2004 and 2006.
Unlike his peers on the tour, Federer is no longer required to play the Masters tournaments after meeting the requirements set by the ATP. He is expected to participate at the Western & Southern Open or the Cincinnati Masters which begins on August 12. The Swiss star is the defending champion of the Cincinnati event.