World No. 1 Novak Djokovic withdraws from Madrid Open

Oct 11, 2020; Paris, France; Novak Djokovic (SRB) reacts during his match against Rafael Nadal (ESP) on day 15 at Stade Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Mutua Madrid Open, organizers announced Wednesday.

“Sorry that I won’t be able to travel to Madrid this year and meet all my fans,” the 33-year-old Serbian said. “It’s been two years already, quite a long time. Hope to see you all next year.”

Djokovic is a three-time champion of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament, including the most recent edition in 2019.

Rafael Nadal of Spain will replace Djokovic as the top seed when the tournament gets underway on Sunday.

Djokovic is coming off a semifinal loss to Russia’s Aslan Karatsev on Saturday at the Serbia Open. Djokovic is 12-2 this season, including his ninth Australian Open championship (his 18th Grand Slam title).

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