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Murray withdraws from Rogers Cup ahead of Olympics

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has pulled out of the upcoming Rogers Cup in order to aid his preparations for the Rio Olympics. Having won his third Rogers Cup last year, Murray had been expected to take to the courts in Toronto once again. However, the Brit has instead decided to rest as he aims to successfully defend his singles title from London 2012. Murray’s absence in Canada will be his first since his inaugural appearance back in 2006, and having already missed Great Britain’s recent Davis Cup clash with Serbia, is clearly feeling the effects of a demanding season to date.

Murray was in Belgrade to cheer on his team mates as they successfully saw off the threat of a Serbian side without world number one Novak Djokovic, and with the Olympics and US Open just a matter of weeks away, he faces a rigorous schedule over the coming months. For all the latest on Andy Murray as he steps up preparations for upcoming tournaments, check out bookmakers Coral, who offer the three time Grand Slam champion as the 11/4 second favourite for the US Open in the tennis odds.

A resurgent Djokovic could well stand in Murray’s way in both tournaments, with the Serbian still reeling from his early exit at Wimbledon. In Djokovic’s absence, Murray claimed his second title in South-West London with a straight sets win over Milos Raonic, banishing the memories of two Grand Slam final defeats already in 2016. Despite his third round exit, Djokovic remains the 11/10 favourite with Coral to claim glory at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Despite losing a fifth Australian Open final at the start of 2016, a first appearance in the final at Rolland Garros, as well as a triumphant two weeks at Wimbledon will undoubtedly have Murray in confident mood heading into the latter stages of the tennis season. The fact that the Rio Olympic tennis will be played on a fast hard court will also be music to Murray’s ears, with the 29-year-old having already achieved vast amounts of success on such courts in the past.

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