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Injured Federer and Wozniacki stumble at the final hurdle

 

By Mark Staniforth

Roger Federer has suffered an injury scare just weeks before the US Open.

The Wimbledon champion's movement was severely restricted in the Rogers Cup final against Alexander Zverev.

The 36-year-old had lost the first set 6-3 to his talented German opponent but midway through the second set lost power on his serve.

The Wimbledon champion's movement was severely restricted in the Rogers Cup final against Alexander Zverev.

The 36-year-old had lost the first set 6-3 to his talented German opponent but midway through the second set lost power on his serve.

Eurosport pundit and former professional tennis player Annabel Croft reckons it was a recurrence of that back injury that left Federer stricken during the second set.

"There was a point which Zverev ended up winning where [Federer] was pulled from pillar to post and had to change directions quite a bit," Croft said

"I don't know whether he tweaked his back but after that when he was serving, suddenly the motion went right off.

"There was no rhythm in it and he wasn't able to rotate in the back and shoulders."

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to win her fifth title of the year and condemn the Dane to a sixth final loss in 2017.

Fifth seed Svitolina won 6-4 6-0 at the Rogers Cup to become the first woman to win three events at the elite Premier 5 level in the same year.

The 22-year-old could become world number one if results go her way at next week's Cincinnati Open.

Wozniacki, seeded sixth, has lost all six finals she has played this year.

"It was a tough day," said the Dane.

"She played well. She mixed up the pace and made it uncomfortable for me out there.

"Today, probably I could have used some more pace, but she played really smart today and used my pace to her advantage."

Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova has pulled out of next week's Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati in an effort to ensure she is able to participate at the US Openh.

The former world number one, now placed 149 in the rankings, continues to be troubled by an injury to her left forearm that she suffered earlier in the season.

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