The series of renunciations that are falling on the ATP Masters 1000 in Miami continues to lengthen. Among the big names, the first was Roger Federer, followed by Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem. However, the doubt remained about Novak Djokovic, who was expected to return after the victorious Australian Open.
The Serbian, on the other hand, finally threw in the towel and he won't fly to the United States for the first 1000 of the season either. Novak wants to take more time to recover from the physical problem accused in Australia, but above all with only the Florida tournament to be played on American territory before the usual part of the season on European clay (and the ATP 250 tournament in Belgrade, new for 2021 with the start on April 15) and therefore the decision to stay at home.
It will be the first time since the 2004 Paris Bercy tournament that none of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic will kick off. At present, therefore, three of the top 4 in the world will not take part in the tournament. Daniil Medvedev then becomes seeded number 1, Stefanos Tsitsipas number 2, Alexander Zverev number 3 and Andrey Rublev number 4.
Matteo Berrettini, first Italian player on the entry list, will be seeded number 6. Dirk Hordorff, vice-president of the German Tennis Federation, recently took aim at several top stars - including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal - while speaking about the revised ATP ranking system.
Hordorff also took a jibe at the ATP itself, saying that their rules might sound complicated but in reality they only benefit the big names.
Hordorff on the new ranking
"Some of you have problems to understand the ranking system of the ATP but it's so easy," Dirk Hordorff wrote on his Facebook page.
"Roger Federer can choose his ranking place, even without playing. By the way, Roger is a player council member. This makes him happy." Rafael Nadal is another player that Dirk Hordorff believes is pleased with the current structure, as it partly fulfills the Spaniard's long-time wish of having a two-year ranking system.
"Rafael Nadal is happy to get a ranking system with 3 years keeping the points," the German said. "By the way, Rafa is player council member." Since March 2020, all players - including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - have enjoyed the benefit of retaining their ranking points form 2019.
The ATP introduced this change to safeguard any player who chooses not to travel and take part in events amid the global health crisis.