Roger Federer He will not return to the circuit at the Australian Open and thus breaks one of the most important streaks of the Swiss: 20 consecutive years playing the same tournament.
Federer made his AO debut in 2000 against Michael Chang and never missed the tournament. He reaped 102 victories, 15 defeats and was champion six times: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017 and 2018. He lost the 2009 final to Nadal. In prizes, he has won more than $ 15 million in Melbourne.
At 39 years old and after two knee surgeries, Federer was expected to return for the start of the 2021 season, although Tony Godsick (the Swiss representative) told AP that the return would come after the tournament. A few days ago Federer himself had said that the big goal was in the summer of the Northern Hemisphere: the Olympics, US Open, Wimbledon and perhaps Roland Garros.
Federer has two records that could be broken in the coming months: the one for the most Grand Slam, shared with Nadal, and the one for weeks as No. 1, which Djokovic would break in March.