So as many fans expected and feared Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati after sustaining a back injury in yesterday's Montreal final against Sascha Zverev.
The news broke via the @cincytennis official twitter page with a brief statement announcing “Seven-time champion Roger Federer has withdrawn from 2017 tournament due to a back injury. ”
Then followed a few quotes from Roger who's obviously woken up in Ohio this morning knowing that playing is not worth the risk.
I am very sorry to pull out of the Western & Southern Open as I always enjoy playing here. Cincinnati has some of the best fans in the world and I am sorry I will miss them. Unfortunately, I tweaked my back in Montreal and I need to rest this week.
So not good news here for Cincinnati or the fans as it's one of the best tournaments in the calendar but even worse it confirms what we all saw in the final that there was a back problem.
No word on the prognosis other than he needs to rest for a week and I imagine he'll keep shtum about it for now. Hard to know how serious it is but he's been dealing with back problems for virtually his whole career even locking it up against Lopez at Wimbledon in 2003 before going onto to win his first slam so at least it's not a ‘new' injury.
Let me know your thoughts or share any other news you've picked up in the comments below. Hopefully, he's not up against it to get for the US Open which starts in 3 weeks time.