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Djokovic reaches Madrid Open semifinals

Mutua Madrid Open - Day Four

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 07: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates defeating Taylor Fritz of USA during day four of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 07, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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MADRID - Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the Madrid Open on Friday after Marin Cilic withdrew because of food poisoning.

Cilic said he had a “terrible night” and would not be able to play in the quarterfinal match against the top-ranked Djokovic at the Magic Box.

Cilic had three-set wins in his first three matches in Madrid. He saved four match points in the opener against Martin Klizan, then beat Jan-Lennard Struff and Laslo Djere.

Djokovic was coming off comfortable two-set victories in his first two matches. He will next face either Roger Federer or Dominic Thiem.

Djokovic is seeking a third Madrid Open title, and his second of the season after winning the Australian Open.


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