Rafael Nadal,Novak Djokovic release statement amid Roger Federer withdrawal
Rafael Nadal's fans take a breath of relief. The Spaniard has withdrawn from five events already this year - Brisbane, Acapulco, Indian Wells, Miami and Queen's.
In a press statement on Monday he confirmed his appearance at the Rogers Cup in Toronto that starts on August 6.
'I’m really looking forward to being back in Toronto this summer,' Nadal said. 'I always love playing in Canada and I hope to see the fans out in force for my first match on Wednesday night.'
Nadal will play in Toronto for the first time since 2010 when he reached semi-finals losing to the British player Andy Murray.
The tournament takes place one year in Toronto and one year in Montreal, and in 2012, 2014 and 2016 the Spaniard had always withdrawn due to knee and wrist injuries.
Nadal enjoyed a great season so far, winning four titles (Monte Carlo, Barcellona, Rome, Roland Garros) and can increase his lead up to 3,000 points by winning the title in Toronto, as the Swiss Roger Federer won't play.
The Serb Novak Djokovic will play there as well: 'I have happy memories from winning the title in Toronto in 2016 and it’s always a highlight on my calendar.
The tournament looks after us so well and the fans are always passionate about their tennis.
After a dream run at Wimbledon, I’m really motivated going into the hard-court season so I look forward to defending my Toronto title.'