Roger Federer express heads to Montreal

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Roger Federer has confirmed will play in the Rogers Cup in his first tournament since winning Wimbledon.

The Swiss star has lightened his workload in 2017 to ensure he remains fit for the big events and so far his decision has worked wonders.

Federer claimed the Australian Open title earlier this year but then opted to skip the clay court campaign – including the French Open.

A record eighth Wimbledon crown followed, his 19th Grand Slam success, and he will now contest the Rogers Cup in Montreal as part of his preparations for the US Open.

Federer hasn’t played in Montreal since 2011 and missed the Rogers Cup, which alternates between this year’s host city and Toronto, in 2016 due to injury.

The five-time US Open champion, who turns 36 next week, is looking forward to the tournament as he bids to tune-up his hard-court game ahead of Flushing Meadows.

He said: “I’m happy to be coming back to Montreal, as I have not had the chance to play there for many years.

This 2017 season has been very exciting and I am really looking forward to being back on the court.”

Federer is the 2.30 favourite to claim the US Open crown, while Andy Murray is rated at 6.00.

French Open winner Rafael Nadal is 3.60 and Marin Cilic is 13.00 after reaching the final at SW19 earlier this summer.

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