There you have it, Roger Federer to skip the French Open again

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Roger Federer will not compete at the 2018 French Open after confirming he will skip the clay-court season.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner suffered a shock second-round defeat at the hands of world No 175 Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Miami Open on Saturday.

The loss means he will lose his world No 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal when the rankings are updated next week after failing to defend his 1,000 points as defending champion.

After the defeat he also confirmed that he has “decided not to play” at the French Open.

Federer, who won the French Open in 2009, also skipped Roland Garros last year as he opted to rest ahead of Wimbledon while in 2016 he withdrew due to a back problem.

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