Novak Djokovic pulls out of Miami Open

Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Steve Darcis at the French Open in Paris on May 26, 2016
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World number two Novak Djokovic joins Andy Murray in withdrawing from the Miami Open due to an elbow injury.

World number two Novak Djokovic has pulled out of next week's Miami Open due to an elbow injury.

The Serbian has won the tournament in five of the last six editions, including each of the past three, but he will not be present to defend his title this year.

Djokovic's decision follows that of world number one Andy Murray, who has also been forced to withdraw from the tournament with a similar problem.

"I have some very disappointing news to share with you regarding the Miami Open tournament," Djokovic wrote on Facebook.

"My doctor has strongly advised against playing because my elbow injury, that I keep carrying on for months, got worse in the past week.

"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 joint-record six titles in Miami, will consequently fall around 4,000 points behind Murray in the ATP Tour rankings.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray10,370
2Serbia Novak Djokovic7,445
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,695
4Spain Rafael Nadal5,375
5Switzerland Roger Federer5,035
6Canada Milos Raonic4,450
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,145
8Croatia Marin Cilic3,765
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,650
10Alexander Zverev3,150
11France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga3,120
12Belgium David Goffin3,055
13Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,900
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,885
15United States Jack Sock2,415
16France Gael Monfils2,365
17Lucas Pouille2,320
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,155
19Australia Nick Kyrgios2,155
20Albert Ramos-Vinolas2,065