Like Murray, Djokovic to go it alone in Miami

Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:10pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

MIAMI (Reuters) - Andy Murray will not be the only top seed at the Sony Open without a trusted coach by his side as Novak Djokovic said on Thursday that Boris Becker will miss Miami to undergo double hip surgery.

"He has surgery of both hips today and tomorrow, so that's unfortunate. He couldn't come, he was supposed to come here," Djokovic said during a pre-tournament news conference.

"Basically in the finals of Indian Wells he called us and said that he had an emergency and he has to operate both hips."

While Becker recovers, world number two Djokovic arrives in Miami fresh off a confidence-boosting win over Roger Federer in Sunday's final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

It was the first win of the season for the Serb, who joined forces with the German tennis great last December after losing grand slam finals in 2013 to Spain's Rafa Nadal (U.S. Open) and Briton Murray (Wimbledon).

"I knew I'm playing well," said Djokovic, who will take on Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in a second-round clash after receiving a first-round bye. "I had an incredible end of 2013, so I did have confidence but I started a little bit doubting myself on the court.

"I was struggling a little bit with my, I would say, consistency and the concentration."

Djokovic expects Becker to be back with his team in Monte Carlo next month and otherwise expects no other disruptions to their schedule.   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during their men's singles quarter-final tennis match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 21, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray