Roger Federer will not compete in the French Open for the third year running after announcing he will skip the entire clay-court season.
The 36-year-old made the announcement after he was knocked out of the Miami Open by Thanasi Kokkinakis - a qualifier ranked 175 in the world.
Federer, who won at Roland Garros in 2009, also pulled out of the tournament in 2016 and again last year citing the need to avoid playing on clay in order to prolong his career.
When asked in his post-match press conference if he would discuss the clay-court season with his team following the loss, the Swiss said: "I've decided not to play."
Federer gave a curt response when asked to clarify whether he would also miss the French Open, adding: "Yes, that is what I said. Clay is the French (Open) as well."
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Roger Federer maintained his record of never having lost an Australian Open quarter-final by beating Tomas Berdych in Melbourne for the third consecutive year.
The defending champion was a straight-sets winner over his Czech rival in the quarter-finals in 2016 and the third round last year, and it was the same again here as Federer won 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 6-4 to set up a clash with exciting young Korean Chung Hyeon.
Things might have been different had Berdych converted his fine start into the opening set, as he probably should have.
The Czech raced into a 3-0 lead and served for it at 5-3. Federer was unhappy with a Hawk-Eye challenge that was not shown on screen because of a technical malfunction and had a long and testy conversation with the umpire.
But being fired up helped the 36-year-old, who saved a set point, broke back and then saved a second set point in the following game.
Once he raced through the tie-break, there only looked like being one winner and he wrapped up victory after two hours and 14 minutes, maintaining his record of not having dropped a set all tournament.
It is the eighth time he has beaten Berdych out of 10 slam meetings and a ninth consecutive victory overall against the Czech, who has arguably suffered most of all from the dominance of the 'big four'.
Federer's career statistics continue to get more remarkable, with 2015 the only time since 2003 that he has failed to reach the last four in Melbourne.
He said of the first set: "I hung around, had to get a bit lucky, a bit angry, a bit frustrated maybe but I actually thought the call was good anyway. It's all good. I'm very happy I got out of that first set, it ended up being the key to the match. Tomas played great. I stole that one a little bit."
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Having arrived in Melbourne 12 months ago not knowing what to expect from himself following a six-month break to recuperate his knee, this time around Federer is confident in both mind and body.
He did not crush Bedene, back representing Slovenia following his nearly three years as a British player, but one break in the first two sets and two in the third proved enough for a 6-3 6-4 6-3 victory lasting an hour and 39 minutes.
Bedene created two chances on the Federer serve but could not take either and the second seed still had several gears to go as he cantered over the finish line.
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