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Novak Djokovic has to cancel the Masters in Madrid – the Serbs are not at first in Spain

Novak Djokovic has to cancel the Masters in Madrid – the Serbs are not at first in Spain

The world number one had previously lost to Lorenzo Musetti (Italy) in the round of 16 at the Masters in Monte Carlo. He recently had an elbow injury on his right arm. In Madrid, where Djokovic has already won three times, he reached the semi-finals last year.

Rafael Nadal also won’t be competing in Madrid: crowd favorite is still unable to return to the tour, having recently had to cancel the Monte Carlo Masters and subsequent clay court tournament in Barcelona.
On the other hand, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem will initially be in the Spanish capital. After an early failure at the tournament in Munich, the Masters will be an important step towards the French Open for the Olympic champion and two-time Madrid champion, as well as for the Austrian looking to get in shape. Thiem received a wild card from the organizers, as well as Swiss veteran Stan Wawrinka.

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Fans can also look forward to defending champion Carlos Alcaraz, who beat Zverev 6-3, 6-1 in the Madrid 2022 final.

Nadal has not played on clay at all this year after injuring his hip. For the two record-breaking Grand Slam champions (22 titles each), preparation time until the French Open in Paris (from May 28 in Live broadcast upon discovery +) meager. Before the peak of the clay court season, the Masters in Rome (from May 10th) is still on the programme.

Djokovic had lost in straight sets to fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic in the quarter-finals in Banja Luka and then said, “I was way below my means. If I play like this, I can’t beat strong opponents on this surface… But what can I do?” It’s just a sport.”

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