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Tennis: Federer withdraws from Cincinnati; Nadal to become new No. 1

AP , Monday 14 Aug 2017
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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning the first set over Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Montreal. (AP)
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Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open, which he has won seven times.

Tournament officials announced Federer's withdrawal on Monday, the first full day of matches at the event in Cincinnati.

The 19-time major champion says he ''tweaked'' his back last week at the Rogers Cup, where he lost Sunday to Alexander Zverev in the final.

The Swiss star, No. 3 in the ATP Tour rankings, becomes the fifth of the top six players to skip Cincinnati because of injuries. He joins top-ranked Andy Murray, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, fifth-ranked Novak Djokovic and sixth-ranked Marin Cilic, the defending champion.

Federer's withdrawal means Rafael Nadal will return to No. 1 when new ATP rankings are released on Aug. 21. The Spaniard will be No. 1 for the first time since July 6, 2014.

Nadal has spent 141 weeks as the men's No. 1 player.

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