World no. 9 sets to miss the Australian Open and first Major since 2007!

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World no. 9 sets to miss the Australian Open and first Major since 2007!

The 35-year-old Brazilian Marcelo Melo, a former world no. 1 and the winner of 32 ATP doubles titles including two Majors, had made his Grand Slam debut back in 2007 at Roland Garros, a few months after he entered the top-100 for the first time.

Since then, the Brazilian has played in the main draw of every Grand Slam doubles tournament, making 47 consecutive appearances and he reached the first quarter-final already at the third event played, entering the last eight at the US Open 12 years ago with Andre Sa.

In 2013, Melo and Ivan Dodig advanced into the Wimbledon final where they lost to Bryan brothers, playing in the semi-final of the US Open two months later as well. The results were getting better and better and the Brazilian won Roland Garros in 2015 with Dodig, edging Bryan brothers in three tight sets.

Two years later, Marcelo and Lukasz Kubot went all the way at Wimbledon and they were the US Open finalists last September, losing the title match to Mike Bryan and Jack Sock. After a rock solid 2017 seasons that saw six ATP titles in the hands of Melo and Kubot, they had successful 2018 as well, with four ATP crowns and that US Open final on their tally.

The pair suffered two defeats in the round robin stage at the ATP Finals and they will play together in January, with Marcelo Melo suffering a back injury that sidelined him from the Australian Open for the first time in 11 years, missing a Major after almost 50 consecutive appearances.

The veteran is confident about making a quick return, targeting Davis Cup Qualifiers tie between Brazil and Belgium in Uberlandia between February 1-2 as his first event of the new year.