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Tennis: Djokovic, Serena lead injury-hit Miami lineup

Published on Mar 19, 2013 6:18 AM

MIAMI (AFP) - 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 US$8.5 million (S$10.61 million) tournament, which provides first-round byes to seeded players.

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