Weight absences. Novak Djokovic announced that he will not participate in Miami, so it adds to the large number of players who have already dropped out of the contest. Thus, especially added to the absences of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, It will be the first time that the full ‘Big 3’ will not contest a Masters 1000 in 16 years and four months, since Paris 2004.
The N ° 1 one of the ATP ranking will not be present in Miami, which this year will be the first Masters 1000, as Indian Wells will not be played, also in the United States and on concrete fields. “I am very sorry to announce that this year I will not travel to Miami to compete. I decide to use this precious time at home to stay with my family, “he said.
The Serbian is the owner of the record for titles in Miami, with six, a mark he shares with retired American Andre Agassi. The European won for the last time in this tournament in 2016. For his part, Federer won the competition four times, while Nadal could never conquer it.
Undoubtedly, it will be a historic tournament, since it is about the three top Masters 1000 champions, obviously also the most Grand Slam winners and owners of numerous records in professional tennis.
Thus, after 16 years and four months, the three monsters will be missing together in an M1000, since that happened in Paris-Bercy 2004, when the champion was the Russian Marat Safin. Thus, this situation occurs for the first time after 139 championships of that level.
In that final Masters 1000 of 2004, Djokovic still did not participate in that kind of tournaments, since only that year he had started on the big circuit. The Serbian, the top M1000 winner with 36 cups, one more than Nadal, just played his first such tournament at Cincinnati in 2005.
The Covid-19 pandemic influences a little in this sense, due to the care of the players, added to the fact that they prefer to take care of their physiques. Nadal drags ailments and points to the European tour on clay and so will Djokovic, champion of the Australian Open last month. Meanwhile, the Swiss returned after more than a year, in Doha, and wants to intensify training to return in better shape.