Novak Djokovic’s Miami Open Withdrawal and Its Impact on World No. 1 Battle Against Carlos

Novak Djokovic’s absence from the Miami Open could have significant implications for his battle to retain the world No. 1 ranking against Indian Wells champion Carlos Alcaraz.

Djokovic’s opportunity to secure points and strengthen his position was hindered by a surprising third-round exit at Indian Wells and subsequent withdrawal from Miami, leaving him vulnerable in the rankings before the clay season.

Novak Djokovic’s Miami Open Withdrawal and Its Impact on World No. 1 Battle Against Carlos

The Sunshine Double, comprising Indian Wells and Miami Open, was crucial for Djokovic to accumulate points, especially since he hadn’t participated in these Masters 1000 events since 2019, thus having no points to defend. His loss to lucky loser Luca Nardi in Indian Wells resulted in only 50 points earned, adding to the pressure on his ranking.

Djokovic’s unconventional start to the year, without an Australian Open title, raised questions about his future performance. Initially expressing a desire to end his trophy drought in Miami, he later withdrew citing the need to balance personal and professional schedules.

As a result of Djokovic’s Miami Open withdrawal, the 36-year-old will retain the top ATP ranking until the Miami Masters concludes on March 31, extending his total weeks as world No. 1 to 420.

On the other hand, Carlos Alcaraz’s recent Indian Wells victory places him just 920 points behind Djokovic in the rankings (9725 points). Alcaraz will defend 640 points in Miami, and if he achieves a Sunshine Double by winning Miami as well, he could narrow the gap to just 280 points (9445 points).

Looking ahead, the start of the clay season in Monte Carlo will see the world No. 1 spot become highly contested. Both Alcaraz and Djokovic are not defending any points from the tournament last year, setting the stage for a competitive battle for the top ranking in April’s European clay swing.

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