Roger Federer will miss the Australian Open for the first time this century.

Arthur Vardanian
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has decided not to play in the Australian Open according to Associated Press.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner will not play in Melbourne for the first time this century.  The last time Federer missed the tournament was back in 1999.

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Roger does not have time to get ready for the upcoming tournament, which starts on February 8th.  This year, he has already had two knee surgeries.

Earlier, the Swiss said that his rehabilitation after the injury is not going as quickly as planned.  In December, he was named the best sportsman in Switzerland over the past 70 years.

Federer is a six-time Australian Open winner. He became the best tennis player in this tournament in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017 and 2018.

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