3/21/13 2:27 AM | Johan Lindahl
Miami Masters officials are feeling the effect of the plague of pullouts which have wrecked the top of the men's draw, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both missing.
While the Spanish winner of the weekend Indian Wells title rests his fragile knees at home, Federer is taking a pre-planned break for training and will not play again until Madrid in early May.
Meanwhile, Miami, falling farther behind in the prestige race with California rival Indian Wells, is suffering at the box office.
"Roger and Rafa, it's a bad break," tournament director and IMG functionary Adam Barrett told local media. "Two storms came together for two completely different reasons for them both not to be here."
But he added the obligatory positive spin: "We still have the top eight men and top nine women. You miss those guys (Federer and Nadal) they're great ambassadors of the game. You play with the field you have and we have a great field. Ticket sales are slightly down, but we're talking percentages after three record years in a row.''
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