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End of an era? Doubts grow over Roger Federer's future as he pulls out of the Australian Open

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Switzerland's Roger Federer gestures to the crowd as he leaves Rod Laver Arena at the 2020 Australian Open. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Switzerland's Roger Federer gestures to the crowd as he leaves Rod Laver Arena at the 2020 Australian Open. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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Switzerland's Roger Federer gestures to the crowd as he leaves Rod Laver Arena at the 2020 Australian Open. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Roger Federer has decided to pull out of next year’s Australian Open and will aim to make a return to action later in 2021, his agent has confirmed.

The 20-time Grand Slam has not played since last January’s Australian Open after he underwent knee surgery and missed the rest of the season.

At the age of 39, his army of fans around the world feared Federer may have hit his last ball in competitive action and this move to pull out of the first major tournament of 2020 will fuel those fears.

Yet his agent Tony Godisck told Associated Press that the Swiss maestro is still planning to play on and will target a comeback ahead of his favourite tournament, Wimbledon.

“Roger has decided not to play the 2021 Australian Open,” Godisck told AP.

“He has made strong progress in the last couple of months with his knee and his fitness.

“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.

“I will start discussions this coming week for tournaments that begin in late February and then start to build a schedule for the rest of the year.”

Federer has been training in Dubai in recent weeks as he looks to make a return to action, but he has clearly decided he will not be ready to play in Melbourne.

A return in the ATP event scheduled for Dubai in March may now be his target, with Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo set to be the focus of what could be Federer’s final year on the tour.

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