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Bencic joins Federer in opting out of Rio

Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic on Wednesday became the latest top 20 player to pull out of the Rio Olympics, just 24 hours after superstar compatriot Roger Federer also announced his withdrawal.

Bencic joins Federer in opting out of Rio

The 19-year-old Bencic, who was forced to withdraw from the second round at Wimbledon with a wrist injury, said she needs to concentrate on getting fully fit for the US Open.
   
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to withdraw from this year's Olympics,” world number 16 Bencic wrote on Twitter.
   
“Although I have recovered from the wrist injury that I sustained at Wimbledon, I am behind in my training schedule and therefore not completely ready to take part in Rio.
   
“I will be using the next few weeks to fully prepare with my coach Melanie Molitor for Cincinnati, New Haven and the US Open.”
   
On Tuesday, 17-time Grand Slam title winner Federer pulled out of Rio and called time on his 2016 season as he recovers from a knee injury.
   
Also out of the Olympics which start on August 5th are Maria Sharapova, who is serving a doping suspension, fellow former world number one Victoria Azarenka who is pregnant, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep.
   
Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic and Czech star Tomas Berdych have also opted out.

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TENNIS

Federer pockets 100th win at Wimbledon

Roger Federer racked up his 100th match win at Wimbledon on Wednesday as he reached his 13th semifinal at the All England Club and a duel with old rival Rafael Nadal.

Federer pockets 100th win at Wimbledon
Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP
Eight-time champion Federer recovered from losing the opening set to defeat Japan's Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to book his place in the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the 45th time.
   
The 37-year-old is also the oldest man to make the last-four of a major since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.
   
Federer will now face Nadal at Wimbledon for the first time since their epic 2008 final.
   
“We have a lot of information on Rafa and so does he about us. I know people always hype it up in a big way,” said Federer.
   
“They did that again in Paris this year (when Nadal won their semifinal in straight sets). I'd love to play against him here at Wimbledon. 
   
“But I go about it like every other match.”
   
Federer and Nadal have met 39 times in their careers but just three times at Wimbledon.
   
The Swiss star won their first two encounters in the 2006 and 2007 finals before Nadal famously triumphed in 2008 in a five-set epic which is widely regarded as the greatest Slam final ever played.
   
Federer said he was unaware that he had become the first player ever to win 100 matches at the same Slam.
   
“A fan told me congratulations on your hundredth win and I thought, oh yes, you're right!”
   
 
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