With the announcement of a second surgery via Twitter, Roger Federer officially communicated his come back to the court only from 2021, also breaking a record that had lasted since 2000. Last February, immediately after the conclusion of the Australian Open and the Match for Africa 6, the Swiss Maestro had made it known via social media that he had to undergo surgery on his right knee, with the intention of coming backto the Tour in the summer, for Halle and Wimbledon.
However, due to the resulting of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the entire Tour was suspended until July 31st.This could have further helped Federer to recover his best shape for the US Open, provided that the tournament will be played.
This, of course, if the last previously mentioned news had not arrived, which foresees his return only from next year: in short, it is certain, now, that we will no longer see the Swiss champion on the court before 2021, perhaps at the Australian Open.
This season Federer played a single tournament: the Australian Open in Melbourne, where he lost in the semifinal against Novak Djokovic, eventual Australian Slam winner.
Roger Federer's record, with Nadal on the horizon
This means that, for the first time since 2000, Roger Federer will not play an ATP final within a single season.
His first final dates back to 2000, reached in the French tournament in Marseille (he was defeated by his countryman Marc Rosset). It is a consecutive streak lasting for 20 consecutive seasons, up to and including 2019. In second place of this particular ranking we can find the American Jimmy Connnors, stopped at 19 years (in the period between 1971 and 1989).
In third place here is Rafael Nadal, with the real possibility of equaling and - subsequently - breaking Federer's record, being today in 17 consecutive seasons with at least one final in the ATP Tour (2004-2020). In fourth position we can find Ivan Lendl and Gael Monfils, with 16 seasons (the Frenchman's streak is still active).
Below them, once again on equal terms, Manuel Orantes and Novak Djokovic, who played at least one ATP final for fifteen years in a row. Nole, as already mentioned, is the current reigning Australian Open champion and his streak began in 2006 when he reached the Amersfoort final. However Rafael Nadal is the closest one to break Roger Federer's record.
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