Murray withdraws from Djokovic clash in Madrid

Tennis

Andy Murray has withdrawn forward of his match in opposition to Novak Djokovic within the round-of-16 on the Madrid Open on Thursday, citing an sickness.

Three-times main winner Murray was set to face Djokovic for the thirty seventh time in a extremely anticipated conflict on clay on the ATP Masters 1000 occasion within the Spanish capital.

“Sadly, Andy Murray is unable to take to the Manolo Santana Stadium attributable to sickness,” tournament organisers said in a statement on social media.

“As an alternative, Andrey Rublev and Daniel Evans will open the day’s play on centre court docket.”

Djokovic advances to the quarterfinals with a walkover victory the place he’ll face the winner of Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz and Dusan Lajovic.

Murray, who had earlier mentioned he would skip the claycourt season with a purpose to shield his health, accepted a late wildcard in Madrid and beat Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov in his opening two matches.

Info from Reuters contributed to this report.

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