Thursday, May 23

Djokovic to overlook Madrid Open together with Nadal

MADRID — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic will miss the Madrid Open, apparently on account of a health problem, the Spanish occasion stated Saturday.

The Madrid Open stated on Twitter: “Wishing you a speedy recovery, we hope to see you back on court as soon as possible, Nole.”

While no particular motive was given for Djokovic’s withdrawal, he did talk about points along with his elbow just lately, principally downplaying the extent of the issue.

Rafael Nadal, who shares the report of twenty-two Grand Slam titles with Djokovic, stated this week that he would miss the Madrid match on account of a nagging hip damage that has sidelined him for the reason that Australian Open in January.

The subsequent main is the French Open beginning on May 28.

The 35-year-old Djokovic has had back-to-back early exits from tournaments. He misplaced within the spherical of 16 at Monte Carlo to Lorenzo Musetti. Then, on Friday, Dusan Lajovic beat Djokovic within the quarterfinals of the Srpska Open, dealing him his first loss to a Serb countryman in 11 years.

The Madrid Open begins on Monday. Djokovic has gained the match thrice.

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