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Novak Djokovic to skip Madrid Masters – Reports

According to a report by Blick, Novak Djokovic will miss the 2021 version of the Madrid Masters.

Djokovic had earlier pulled out of the Miami Masters in a bid to recuperate absolutely from the stomach tear he picked up on the Australian Open. But the Serb was scheduled to play all the foremost claycourt occasions – Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros – as well as to his hometown occasion in Belgrade.

This new growth, due to this fact, comes as a shock – particularly since Novak Djokovic is the defending champion in Madrid this 12 months.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 version of the Masters 1000 match on the Caja Magica had to be cancelled. And Novak Djokovic had gained the 2019 version, so he’s defending 500 factors (reasonably than the standard 1,000) on the match in 2021.

Although Djokovic’s withdrawal from the Madrid Masters appears uncommon on the floor, it’s to be famous that the 33-12 months-previous has missed the occasion a number of occasions prior to now too (2010, 2014 and 2015). And whereas Djokovic is a 3-time champion in Madrid, he has loved much more success in Rome – having performed 10 finals on the Foro Italico and profitable 5 of them.

Novak Djokovic’s reported Madrid withdrawal is one other enhance to Daniil Medvedev’s bid for the No. 1 rating

Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev (R)
Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev (R)

Daniil Medvedev’s likelihood of dethroning Novak Djokovic from the World No. 1 place will solely be strengthened by the latter’s lack of 500 factors from Madrid.

Medvedev is at present 1,978 factors behind the highest-ranked Serb, having gained 90 factors from his quarterfinal end in Miami. And that distinction will cut back to at the very least 1,478 by the tip of Madrid, assuming there is no different change of their respective rating factors.

As per the brand new COVID-affected rating system, which takes under consideration the participant’s greatest 19 tournaments throughout the final two seasons, Medvedev will subsequent be dropping 180 factors from his tally (at Monte Carlo). The Russian has only a few factors to defend after that, which suggests he’ll continually be respiratory down Djokovic’s neck over the following few months.

Novak Djokovic, alternatively, can have to defend 500 factors at Rome later, provided that he gained the Masters 1000 match final 12 months. He may even have to defend 1,000 factors at this 12 months’s Wimbledon, and 600 factors at Roland Garros.

If Daniil Medvedev produces comparatively deep showings within the massive tournaments till July, he can be in with an excellent shot of changing Novak Djokovic as No. 1 – even when the Serb wins all the pieces in sight.

Published 02 Apr 2021, 00:38 IST

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