(November 20, 2012) -- Roger Federer will skip the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami in 2013, the World No. 2 announced on his website late last week.
Federer, who has won the event in Miami two times, owns a career record of 41-12 in Miami in 14 appearances dating back to 1999. Federer has not played the final in Key Biscayne since he won back-to-back titles over Rafael Nadal and Ivan Ljubicic in 2005 and 2006. He reached one other final in 2002, losing to Andre Agassi in a four-set final.
Federer is the only male player in tennis history to win Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back more than once.
The 31-year-old is planning to play fourteen events in 2012, and he hopes to add a fifteenth at the World Tour Finals in London if he should qualify. In addition to the four Grand Slams, he'll play seven Masters events (skipping Miami and Monte Carlo) in addition to Rotterdam, Dubai (between the Australian Open and Indian Wells) and Halle (between the French Open and Wimbledon in June).
Federer is currently not scheduled to play his hometown event in Basel, Switzerland, but his website states that his current itinerary is "subject to change."
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