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 Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,465
3Switzerland Roger Federer6,545
4Serbia Novak Djokovic6,325
5Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka6,140
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,075
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
8Japan Kei Nishikori3,740
9Canada Milos Raonic3,310
10Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,160
11Alexander Zverev3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,805
13Belgium David Goffin2,605
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,570
15Pablo Carreno Busta2,350
16France Gael Monfils2,275
17Lucas Pouille2,255
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,245
19United States Jack Sock2,245
20United States John Isner2,045
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