Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic confirm Rogers Cup participation

United against shot-clock: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have officially confirmed they’ll play in the Rogers Cup, the latest event to be snubbed by Roger Federer.

Federer announced on Monday that he has decided to skip the ATP Tour Toronto event due to “scheduling” issues as he attempts to prolong his longevity in the game.

World number one, Nadal, though, appears altogether more excited about the tournament.

“I’m really looking forward to being back in Toronto this summer,’ Nadal said in a statement.

“I always love playing in Canada and I hope to see the fans out in force for my first match.”

Wimbledon champion Djokovic has also confirmed his participation, saying: “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.”