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ATP Miami Masters draw: Stan Wawrinka top seed with Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic out

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Stan Wawrinka is the top seed in Miami (Zimbio.com)

The draw for the Miami Masters is out, and the draw confirms the news that the world’s top two players, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, are absent with elbow injuries.

Stan Wawrinka is the top seed, and the Swiss could face his compatriot Roger Federer or Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals. Kei Nishikori is the second seed, with Rafael Nadal a potential semi-final opponent. Milos Raonic makes his first appearance since withdrawing from the Delray Beach final with a hamstring injury. Gael Monfils is another absentee, but Robert Bautista Agut features despite withdrawing in Indian Wells last week.

There is a Scandinavian theme to the wildcards, as teenagers Casper Ruud and Mikael Ymer feature.

Full draw:

(1) Stan Wawrinka vs Bye

Gastao Elias vs Horacio Zeballos

Aleksandr Dolgopolov vs Malek Jaziri

Bye vs (31) Feliciano Lopez

(18) John Isner vs Bye

(WC) Thomaz Bellucci vs Stephane Robert

(WC) Casper Ruud vs Yen-Hsun Lu

Bye vs (16) Alexander Zverev

(12) Nick Kyrgios vs Bye

Damir Dzumhur vs Hyeon Chung

Denis Istomin vs Andrey Kuznetsov

Bye vs (17) Ivo Karlovic

(27) David Ferrer vs Bye

Karen Khachanov vs Diego Schartzmann

Qualifier vs Qualifier

Bye vs (8) David Goffin

(4) Roger Federer vs Bye

Qualifier vs Konstantin Kravchuk

Robin Haase vs (WC) Mikael Ymer

Bye vs (29) Juan Martin del Potro

(22) Sam Querrey vs Bye

Nikoloz Basilashvili vs (PR) Tommy Robredo

Bernard Tomic vs Qualifier

Bye vs Roberto Baustista Agut

(10) Tomas Berdych vs Bye

(WC) Andrey Rublev vs Florian Mayer

Qualifier vs Andreas Seppi

Bye vs (24) Gilles Muller

(32) Paolo Lorenzi vs Bye

Adrian Mannarino vs Qualifier

Marcel Granollers vs Borna Coric

Bye vs (6) Dominic Thiem

(5) Rafael Nadal vs Bye

Qualifier vs Dudi Sela

Adam Pavlasek vs Taylor Fritz

Bye vs (26) Philipp Kohlschreiber

(23) Steve Johnson vs Bye

(WC) Michael Mmoh vs Nicolas Mahut

Guido Pella vs Qualifier

Bye vs (9) Grigor Dimitrov

(13) Jack Sock vs Bye

Yoshihito Nishioka vs Jordan Thompson

Jiri Vesely vs (PR) Tommy Haas

Bye vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas

(28) Mischa Zverev vs Bye

Qualifier vs Kyle Edmund

Viktor Troicki vs Thiago Monteiro

Bye vs (3) Milos Raonic

(7) Marin Cilic vs Bye

Jeremy Chardy vs Facundo Bagnis

Fabio Fognini vs Ryan Harrison

Bye vs Joao Sousa

(21) Pablo Cuevas vs Bye

Martin Klizan vs Benoit Paire

Donald Young vs Dustin Brown

Bye vs (11) Lucas Pouille

(15) Pablo Carreno Busta vs Bye

Juan Monaco vs Federico Delbonis

Qualifier vs Jan-Lennard Struff

Bye vs (20) Gilles Simon

(25) Fernando Verdasco vs Bye

Qualifier vs Dan Evans

Kevin Anderson vs Qualifier

Bye vs (2) Kei Nishikori

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Novak Djokovic Withdraws From Masters 1000 Event In Madrid

Novak Djokovic will miss the Masters 1000 event in Madrid and will look to build up his Roland Garros preparations in Rome.

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Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Masters 1000 event in Madrid as he aims for quality over quantity in his bid for Roland Garros glory.

The world number one has had a rough start to the season by his standards as he is yet to win a title this season after a semi-final defeat to Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open.

Djokovic was hoping a change of surface would bring a change of fortunes but the Serb was defeated in three sets in the semi-finals of Monte-Carlo.

Now it seems that result has made Djokovic rethink his schedule as the current Roland Garros champion has withdrawn from Madrid.

No official reason has been given although the news seems to be not that surprising given Djokovic’s history in the Spanish capital.

The Serb hasn’t played since 2022, where he was beaten by Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals, and has now won the title there for five years.

It looks like Djokovic will be putting his faith into more favourable conditions in Rome, which is the most similar to Roland Garros in terms of conditions.

Djokovic is a six-time champion in the Italian capital and will aim for a seventh title when he plays there on the 8th of May.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis Questions ‘Insane’ Drug Testing

Thanasi Kokkinakis has been tested three times within the last six days.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis has questioned persistent drug testing after he revealed he was tested three times in six days.

The Australian is in good form at the moment having won the Sarasota Challenger in Florida.

Kokkinakis claimed glory with a three set win over Zizou Bergs in the final as he continues to climb the rankings.

However that glory has been overshadowed by the fact that Kokkinakis has revealed he was drug tested three times within a six day period.

The world number 94 described it as ‘insane’ and it comes after Alexandre Muller complained of persistent drug testing after his recent defeats.

Doping has been a huge topic of conversations with Simona Halep losing two years of her career after testing positive after the US Open before the Court Of Arbitration For Sport shortened her case.

Kokkinakis will be hoping that this is the last time he has to deal with persistent drug testing as he continues his clay court season.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Saves Two Match Points To Extend Winning Streak In Barcelona

Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a scare to reach the Barcelona semi-finals.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas saved two match points to defeat Facundo Diaz Acosta 4-6 6-3 7-6(8) in Barcelona.

The former finalist saved two match points against the inspired Argentinian as Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals.

It means Tsitsipas is 9-0 in the clay court season and has the chance to set up a potential rematch with Casper Ruud in the final.

The duo met in last week’s Monte-Carlo final where Tsitsipas claimed his third title in Monaco.

Speaking after the match Tsitsipas admitted it was difficult to sustain his level, “I was coming close [to losing] at certain moments in the match. It seemed like a mountain,” Tsitsipas stated to the ATP website.

“I reminded myself that I have a headband that I wear here that has a mountain and that I need to climb it, so it kept me going. It was difficult. It was extremely difficult to sustain the same level throughout the entire match and I think he played incredible.

“I think he left everything out there. He is a good clay-court player. He has a title on the ATP Tour for a reason and today it was a level he was able to bring out on the court that made it quite obvious.

“I got a little bit tense on my serve, I won’t lie. I think I started decelerating a lot, but once I got a hold of that I was conscious of that, it went back to where it belonged and helped me a lot in the tie-breaker because if I didn’t figure it out, I don’t know. It was very mental in general. I really had to go to uncomfortable places mentally and go over the limit at some point.”

Tsitsipas is currently seven in the world in the live rankings as the Greek is looking to claim his first title in Barcelona.

Next up for the Greek will be either Dusan Lajovic or Arthur Fils while Tomas Martin Etcheverry takes on Casper Ruud in the other semi-final.

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