Novak Djokovic withdraws from Miami Open with elbow injury

Novak Djokovic will not defend his Miami Open title.

Novak Djokovic will not defend his Miami Open title.

The top two men's seeds in world tennis won't be competing at the Miami Open, with world No 2 and three-times reigning champion Novak Djokovic pulling out with a right elbow injury.

The Serbian joins world No 1 Andy Murray on the sideline, who also withdrew from the tournament with an elbow injury.

The injury is the latest setback for Djokovic, who has suffered a drop in form since completing a sweep of the grand slam titles at last year's French Open.

"My doctor has strongly advised against play because my elbow injury, that I keep carrying on for months, got worse in the past week," Djokovic said on the tournament's website.

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"I will do everything in my power to recover and do all the necessary therapy to be able to return on court as soon as possible. Sadly, I won't be able to defend my title in Miami this week."

Djokovic, who has won a record-tying six titles in Miami, was beaten by Australian Nick Kyrgios last week in the fourth round at Indian Wells, marking his second loss to the Australian in less than two weeks.

Djokovic described it as "shocking" that he would have to miss the Miami event, which was set to start this week, where he won his first Masters event before making his ascent towards the top of the world rankings.

"No wonder they say that in sport the biggest and most painful defeats come from injuries, and not from opponents.

"I am lucky that throughout my career I didn't have many injuries, but I guess that all that I've been through physically in the past so many years did leave a mark on my body." 

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 - Reuters

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