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Novak Djokovic to skip 2021 Madrid Masters

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will not play the 2021 Mutua Madrid Open, according to a report by Serbian news outlet Blic.

The clay-court Masters 1000 event was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Djokovic is the defending champion having won the 2019 edition – where he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

The Serbian is defending 500 points from his 2019 result – half of the usual total of 1000 for a Masters series title – due to the Covid-adjusted ‘Best-of’ ATP ranking system. The event will run from May 2 – 9.

The 33-year-old is a three-time Madrid Open titlist – having also won the tournament in 2011 and 2016.

Without a trip to La Caja Magica, Djokovic’s clay-court schedule looks set to consist of four events: the Monte Carlo Masters, the Serbia Open ATP 250 in Belgrade, the Rome Masters, and the French Open.

The Serbian also withdrew from the ongoing Miami Open Masters 1000 tournament. He last featured at the Australian Open in February – where he defeated Daniil Medvedev in the final to claim his 18th Grand Slam title.

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