Roger Federer withdraws from Australian Open

Roger Federer withdraws from Australian Open

Swiss maestro Roger Federer is set to miss the impending Australian Open as he continues to recover post his knee surgery.

Federer's long-time representative and CEO of their management company, TEAM8 - said he is working on putting together a 2021 tennis calendar for the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who plans to get back on tour soon after the year's first major tennis tournament. "However, after consultation with his team, he decided that the best decision for him in the long run is to return to competitive tennis after the Australian Open", Godsick said in a statement released to the AP.

Federer's last appearance at a sanctioned tournament was 11 months ago in the Australian Open when he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles match on day seven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on 26 January 2020.

Next year's Australian Open will begin on February 8, after quarantine restrictions forced a three-week delay of the event.

The absence of Federer in Melbourne will increase Rafael Nadal's chances of finally surpassing his all-time record of 20 men's grand slam singles titles after he drew level past year with his great rival following what was his 13th French Open title.

"We wish him all the best as he prepares for his comeback later in the year and look forward to seeing him in Melbourne in 2022".

"After the second operation I said to myself: "I want to take my time".

He retained his title the following year and this will be the first time his name will be absent from the main draw since 1999.

Despite playing in only six matches in 2020, Federer was recently voted the victor of the ATP Tour fans' favourite award for the 18th consecutive time.

Federer's absence will be felt at the Australian Open, despite a top-quality field led by world number ones Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty.

The council, as voted by ATP player members, also saw the reelection of Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, Australian John Millman, South African Kevin Anderson, Briton Andy Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares.

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