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“Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic absence good for the rest of us,” says Roberto Bautista Agut

Rafael Nadal of Spain and team mates celebrate the Group B singles match win between Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain and John Millman of Australia during day one of the 2021 ATP Cup at Rod Laver Arena on February 02, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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Roberto Bautista Agut says the Miami Open is open without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Dominic Thiem. It is the first Masters level event without any of the big three since 2004. Roberto Bautista Agut says it is very good news for the rest of the players.

“They will not be there, the three of them, and neither will Thiem, so there are four important casualties,” he told Spanish newspaper AS. “It is clear that tennis today is very even, any rival can beat you if you are not well. [But] that these four players are not in the tournament is good for those of us who are going to play the tournament.”

Rafael Nadal withdrew to focus on clay preparations, Roger Federer pulled out as part of his recovery from knee surgery, and Novak Djokovic is spending time with his family instead.

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