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Marin Cilic withdraws, Novak Djokovic reaches Madrid Open semifinals

Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the Madrid Open after Marin Cilic withdrew because of food poisoning

By: AP |
May 10, 2019 8:10:15 pm
Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the Madrid Open. (Reuters) 

Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the Madrid Open on Friday after Marin Cilic withdrew because of food poisoning. Cilic said he had a “terrible night” and would not be able to play in the quarterfinal match against the top-ranked Djokovic at the Magic Box.

Cilic had three-set wins in his first three matches in Madrid. He saved four match points in the opener against Martin Klizan, then beat Jan-Lennard Struff and Laslo Djere.

Djokovic was coming off comfortable two-set victories in his first two matches. He will next face either Roger Federer or Dominic Thiem.

Djokovic is seeking a third Madrid Open title, and his second of the season after winning the Australian Open.

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