TORONTO — Roger Federer has dropped out of the Rogers Cup next month in Toronto.
The world No. 2 from Switzerland lost against Germany's Alexander Zverev in the final of the event last year in Montreal.
The 36-year-old Federer has won the tournament twice, in 2004 and 2006.
Federer is the first top-10 player to drop out of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, Aug. 4-12.
"I had a fantastic time in Montreal last year and always enjoy playing in front of the Canadian fans, but unfortunately with scheduling being the key to my longevity moving forward, I have regrettably decided to withdraw from Toronto this year," Federer said in a statement.
Tennis Canada also announced that world No. 1 Rafael Nadal will play his first match in the Aug. 8 night session, while rising Canadian teen star Denis Shapovalov will open in the evening on Aug. 7.
The Canadian Press