Madrid Open 2022: Andy Murray withdraws from Match against Djokovic due to illness

Andy Murray, the former World No. 1, has withdrawn from the Madrid Open 2022 Round of 16 due to illness at the eleventh hour. On Thursday, the Scot was due to meet Novak Djokovic in a highly anticipated match at the clay-court competition.

He was due to meet Novak Djokovic, the world number one, for the 37th time in a highly anticipated clay-court match at the ATP Masters 1000 event in the Spanish capital.

Murray hasn’t played Djokovic since the Qatar Open in January 2017, when he was ranked number one in the world. In three sets, the Serb triumphed.

Murray had recovered form after being given a wild card for the Madrid Open, reversing his plan to forgo the full clay-court season. He’d been practising on the surface for four weeks and it paid off as the three-time Grand Slam champion beat Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov to set up a showdown with the World No. 1 on Sunday.

“Unfortunately, Andy Murray is unable to take to the Manolo Santana Stadium due to illness. We wish you a speedy recovery, @andy_murray,” Madrid Open organisers tweeted.

Murray’s match versus Djokovic piqued the interest of tennis fans all over the world. The two men have played 36 times in their professional careers, including seven Grand Slam finals, and have known each other since they were teenagers.

Murray, who had previously stated that he would miss the claycourt season to safeguard his fitness, accepted a late wildcard in Madrid and won his first two matches against Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov.

Andy Murray will be unable to play at the Manolo Santana Stadium due to illness. Andrey Rublev and Daniel Evans, on the other hand, will start the day’s action on the centre court.

They also revealed that on Thursday, the match between Andrey Rublev and Daniel Evans will begin at the Center Court.

In the quarter-finals, Djokovic will face the winner of the Round of 16 match between Hubert Hurkacz and Dusan Lajoiv, who has got a walkover.

Murray, who was given a wildcard for the Madrid Open, upset Dominic Thiem in the first round before defeating Denis Shapovalov in three sets.

It was sweet vengeance for Murray, who had only managed to win 8 games in three sets against Shapovalov at Wimbledon. The Scot, a former Madrid champion, proved his class on Wednesday, defeating the Canadian 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

Djokovic will continue his training ahead of his return to Grand Slam action later this month at Roland Garros. After controversially missing the Australian Open at the start of the year, the Serb will be looking to repeat his success from last year and dethrone Rafael Nadal, who won his 21st Grand Slam title in Australia, and his other clay-court opponents.