Djokovic goes to semifinals for withdrawal of Cilic before playing

Marin Cilic left before facing Novak Djokovic because of a stomach virus and the Serbian will play against Thiem his sixth semifinal in Madrid.

Novak Djokovic is already in the semifinals of the Mutua Madrid Open and arrives without needing to play the quarterfinal match, because Marin Cilic, who was to be his rival, announced his withdrawal before the game that was scheduled for 12:00 in the Manolo Santana because of a stomach virus. "Marin sent me an SMS to tell me he could not play, I hope he's recovered for Rome," said Djokovic, who did not waste time after the suspension of the match: "I trained for another hour to keep myself in shape and sweat a little more But I'm glad to be cool for tomorrow's game. " "My brother (Marko) will see the match between Federer and Thiem, and maybe I too, both are playing very good tennis," he concluded. He won Thiem, who will be his rival on Saturday (16:00, TDP and MD1) .

They will be the Serbian sixth semifinals in Masters 1000 of the capital, where he has won twice (2011 and 2016). The organization passed a semi-final match of the women's doubles draw that was to be played on the Arantxa Sanchez Vicario between Dabrowski and Xu and Ostapenko and Zvonareva.

A disappointment for the crowd that had approached en masse and was lining up to watch an meeting that promised between the number one and the nine, that would have faced for the twentieth time (17-2 for Nole). The remainder of Saturday's game order remains the same: in the center, at 14:30 the women's semifinal between Bencic and Halep is played; not before 5:00 p.m., the male quarters Federer-Thiem; at 7:30 p.m., at Aranxta Sánchez, Tsitsipas-Zverev at 7:30 p.m.; while, at 20:00 in the Santana, Stephens-Bertens; and to close the day, Wawrinka-Nadal.

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