3/19/13 1:17 AM | Johan Lindahl
The Miami Masters is facing a pullout plague, with Roger Federer and now Rafael Nadal both high-profile absentees as the Masters 1000 begins. Also missing will be American Mardy Fish.
Federer announced that he would not be playing in Miami months ago, instead taking a long training block at home in Switzerland. Federer is due to return to defend his clay title in Madrid in the first week of May. Nadal's decision came as the Spaniard reached a surprise final at the Indian Wells Masters, capping what has been a month-long comeback after seven months away with a knee injury.
Fish revealed that after testing his long-standing accelerated heartbeat condition with a few matches at Indian Wells, he does not feel confident enough to take the next step and play a second straight big event. “Unfortunately I won’t be able to compete in Miami this year friends,” Fish tweeted. “Hope to be out there again soon! Thanks for the love and support in IW!”
Some speculation sees the 31-year-old out through the clay season and possibly even into the summer. But nothing is certain. Ernests Gulbis also withdrew instead of playing in qualifying or asking for a wild card. The quirky Latvian had made headlines in recent weeks as he awoke form several seasons of half-hearted form and ran off a 13-match win streak, which was ended in the Indian Wells fourth round by Rafael Nadal.
Gulbis, who played 14 matches in less than three weeks, has risen from outside the top 100 to almost into the top 50 in the current ATP list.
There could also be a nasty surprise on the women's side as world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka continues to deal with an ankle inflammation which has bothered her for a month and forced her to withdraw in Dubai and Indian Wells. Her presence in Miami is dependent on her recovery.
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