April 8, 2011 / 6:29 PM / in 7 years

Form man Djokovic out of Monte Carlo with knee injury

PARIS (Reuters) - World number two Novak Djokovic, unbeaten this year, said on Friday he was pulling out of next week’s Monte Carlo Masters due to a knee injury.

<p>Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal in a tiebreaker in the finals of the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida, April 3, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity</p>

“It’s a tough blow and sad news not only for the tournament and my fans but also for myself,” the 23-year-old Serb said in a statement. There were no further details about the extent of the injury.

Djokovic, who lives in the principality and trains for large parts of the year on the Monte Carlo courts, was hoping to launch a successful clay court season and extend his unbeaten streak of 26 matches dating back to December.

Since winning his second grand slam at the Australian Open in January, Djokovic has triumphed in Indian Wells and Miami and is putting pressure on top ranked Rafa Nadal to remain at number one.

Writing by Tom Pilcher in London, Editing by John Mehaffey

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