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‘Hard to argue with 18-Slam champ!’ expert defends Djokovic withdrawal from Madrid

A renowned tennis commentator supports the decision made by Novak Djokovic to skip the Madrid Masters this year leading up to Roland Garros.

Former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski has backed the call made by Novak Djokovic to forgo this year’s Madrid Masters to instead play another event in his home capital of Belgrade.

“Everyone is talking about Novak Djokovic not playing Madrid,” Rusedski tweeted from his personal Twitter account. “Let’s remember playing in Madrid is nothing like Roland Garros with the bounce and altitude and maybe Novak would like to support his home event and try a new lead up schedule,” Rusedski went on.

Djokovic has won the Madrid Masters three times, including the last time it was held in 2019. He has missed the tournament three times before, in 2010, 2014 and 2015.

The Serb still looks set to compete in the Rome Masters immediately after Madrid. Djokovic has more success in the Italian capital, winning the tournament five times and being a finalist a further five times, as well as being the defending champion from 2020.

“Hard to argue with someone with 18 majors!” Rusedski concluded in his post.

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