Djokovic, Ser­ena set for Mi­ami Masters


World num­ber ones No­vak Djokovic and Ser­ena Wil­liams head the fields in the WTA and ATP Masters Mi­ami hard­court event that be­gins on Tues­day, although sev­eral big names will be among the miss­ing.

Rafael Nadal, who se­cured the In­dian Wells ti­tle on Sun­day for his third ti­tle since his come­back from nag­ging knee in­juries, and Swiss World No. 2 Roger Fed­erer are ab­sent on the men's side, which features 45 of the world's 50 top play­ers. In­jured World No. 10 Sa­man­tha Sto­sur of Aus­tralia is miss­ing on the women's side, hav­ing suf­fered a right calf in­jury that forced her to drop out of her quar­ter-fi­nal at In­dian Wells.

Djokovic will try to claim his fourth Mi­ami ti­tle while Wil­liams at­tempts to take her sixth ca­reer crown at the $8.5 mil­lion tour­na­ment, which pro­vides first-round byes to seeded play­ers. Wil­liams will play her first event since re­claim­ing the World No. 1 rank­ing in Doha, where she reached the fi­nal.

Ser­bian star Djokovic lost to Ar­gentina's Juan Martin del Potro in the In­dian Wells semi­fi­nals, end­ing his 22-match win­ning streak in a run that in­cluded a fourth Aus­tralian Open ti­tle, his sixth ca­reer Grand Slam crown. "I need a few days off and I'll move on to Mi­ami," said Djokovic, who could be­come the first player since An­dre Agassi in 2003 to lift a third Mi­ami ti­tle in a row.

Del Potro, who also ousted World No. 2 Andy Mur­ray of Bri­tain in the In­dian Wells quar­ter-fi­nals, is look­ing for big things at Mi­ami as well af­ter fall­ing to Nadal in the In­dian Wells fi­nal. "Af­ter to­mor­row I will be happy for this tour­na­ment and get mo­ti­va­tion for the fu­ture, for the next one, and be ready, wait­ing for an­other chance like I made in this tour­na­ment," Del Potro said.

"I'm ex­cited to play Mi­ami. Many Ar­gen­tinian fans, friends, fam­ily, come to watch me there. It's a very good tour­na­ment. I'm so ex­cited to be play­ing there. But first I need a cou­ple of days for re­cov­ery, for rest, and I wish to do a sim­i­lar tour­na­ment there."

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