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Top-ranked Novak Djokovic withdraws from Rogers Cup

Day Thirteen: The Championships - Wimbledon 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Novak Djokovic (SRB) during his match against Roger Federer (SUI) in their Gentleman’s Singles Final match during Day 13 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)

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MONTREAL -- Top-ranked Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup.

The Wimbledon winner this month for his 16th Grand Slam title, Djokovic is a four-time champion in the event that rotates between Montreal and Toronto, winning in Montreal in 2007 and 2011.

“I’m sorry to announce that I decided to pull out of Rogers Cup,” Djokovic said Thursday in a statement. “With the support of my team, I have decided to give my body longer rest and recovery time before coming back again to play. I love Canada and I have many friends there that always make me feel like I’m at home and I’m looking forward to coming back again to play in front of all of you in Montreal.”

With Djokovic out, Rafael Nadal will be the top seed in the event that opens Aug. 2 at IGA Stadium. Nadal won last year in Toronto. Roger Federer pulled out two weeks ago.