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Djokovic comes out to defend his Miami Masters 1000 throne

The new champion of the Miami Masters 1000, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, world number one, will come out this Saturday to defend his throne against the Slovakian Martin Klizan, in search of his fifth crown in the ‘Capital of the Sun’.

Djokovic, also the first favorite of the tournament held on the hard courts of Key Biscayne, has started the year as a world number one by winning the first Grand Slam (Asutralian Open) and the first Masters 1000 (Indian Wells).

The Serbian will try to revalidate his crown in the traditional Miami event, Masters 1000 in the men’s branch (ATP) and Premier in the women’s (WTA), in addition to being considered the ‘fifth Grand Slam’ of the season.

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His solid performance keeps him for 139 consecutive weeks at the top of the rankings at a considerable distance over his closest rival, the Swiss Roger Federer, absent from Miami on this occasion.

‘Nole’ seeks his 22nd title in Miami in Masters 1000 tournaments, third behind the Spanish Rafael Nadal (27) and Federer (23), something that does not seem very difficult, since his first opponent does not look like a rival to fear.

At the top of his draw, the Spanish David Ferrer, sixth seed, seems to be the most careful rival, while below him he has the Japanese Kei Nishikofi (N.4), the Canadian Milos Raonic (N.5) and the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (N.9).

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On the other side of the table are the British Andy Murray (N.3), the Czech Tomas Berdych (N.8) and the Iberian Nadal, second favorite and who was injured on Monday in practice, so a prediction with the Spanish is something uncertain.

Djokovic defeated Nadal in the final last year in Miami, a stellar player who has eluded the Miami event with four defeats in finals (2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014).

Murray was swept 6-2, 6-3 by ‘Nole’ in the semi-finals of the Californian Masters 1000 just a week ago.

The Serbian, one of the most solid players of these times, also has eight Grand Slam trophies in his cabinet and, if he maintains his current form, he looks like he will have another excellent season.

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