Defending champ Federer to miss this month’s Miami Open; will work hard to ‘work his way back’

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Roger Federer will not compete at this month’s Miami Open as the Swiss maestro proceeds to work his way back to fitness after two knee operations within the past 12 months, the Miami Herald reported on Monday.

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Federer will miss out on guarding his Miami Open title at the March 22-April 4 Masters 1000 event, although Australian Open champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are expected to require portion alongside Serena Williams and Rafa Nadal.

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Federer beat John Isner 6-1, 6-4 within the 2019 final to win the Miami Open the final time it was held. The competition was one of handfuls that were called off last year when the professional tennis tours went on rest for a few months since of the coronavirus pandemic.

Federer also won trophies at the hard-court event in 2005, 2006 and 2017.

The 20-time Grand Slam champ Federer will make his long-awaited return to the court at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha another week and the 39-year-old may play an occasion in Dubai after that his specialist, Tony Godsick, affirmed to the Miami Herald.

But after those occasions, Federer will take a training break, the paper reported.

He last played within the 2020 Australian Open, where he fell to Djokovic in the semi-finals.

News Reference from Reuters

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