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Djokovic joins Murray in Miami Open pull out

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic has pulled out of this week's Miami Open with an elbow injury.

Djokovic will join world number one Andy Murray on the sidelines after the Scot announced on Saturday that he would miss Miami, also citing an elbow injury.

The absence of the duo means the tournament will be without the top two players in the rankings.

In a message posted on the Miami Open website, Djokovic said, "My doctor has strongly advised against play 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.

"Believe me, it is as shocking to me, as it is to you. 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.

"I remain eternally grateful for all the love and support I receive from you. Thank you for believing in me."

Murray pulled out of the tournament a day earlier citing a right elbow injury.

"Apologies to the fans. It's one of my favourite tournaments. The focus is now on getting ready for the clay season," Murray said in a statement.

It's not all bad news for the Briton, however, as Murray will extend his lead at the top of the world rankings to more than 4,000 points as Djokovic will lose the points he earned from winning in Miami last year.

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