BREAKING: Novak Djokovic opts out of Madrid Open; Rafael Nadal becomes top seed

Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Madrid Masters that will be held next week.

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Mutua Madrid Masters that will be played next week. As a result of his withdrawal, Rafael Nadal now enters the tournament as the top seed. The Spaniard is coming on the back of a successful run in Barcelona, where he lifted his 12th title, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals.

Novak Djokovic is expected to play the Italian Masters that will be the third ATP 1000 event played on clay courts. The Serbian’s decision to opt out of the Madrid Open is a shocking one, given that he is the defending champion, after he won the tournament in 2019. The world number defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals in Madrid in 2019. Last year, the tournament was cancelled owing to the covid-19 pandemic.

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Novak Djokovic is expected to compete at the Belgrade 2 Open 2021, that will be held a week prior to the French Open. The Serbian was defeated in the semifinals of the Belgrade 1 Open, where he lost to Aslan Karatsev in a thrilling three set battle.

Novak Djokovic has not had his best start to the clay court season. The Serbian was defeated in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters, where he lost to Dan Evans in straight sets. He will hope to regain some form next month, as he aims to challenge Rafael Nadal at the French Open.

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