Carlos Alcaraz beat the world no.1 in an epic battle, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) to reach the final in Madrid. Next tournament for Novak will be the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (May 8-15).
Nole continued his quest for a fourth title in Madrid with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win over 12th seed Hubert Hurkacz. For a place in the Masters 1000 tournament final, Novak will face the Next Gen ATP World Tour Finals titlist Carlos Alcaraz (ESP, 7) on Saturday at 16:00 CET.
Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Mutua Madrid Open ahead of his third round match against world no.1 Novak Djokovic on Thursday. "Unfortunately, Andy Murray is unable to take to the Manolo Santana Stadium due to illness," read a statement on the Madrid Open social media account.
After reaching the final at the 2022 Serbia Open in Belgrade last week, Nole continues his clay court season at the Mutua Madrid Open, an ATP Masters 1000 event, taking place from May 1 to May 8. As a top seed, the three-time former champion will open his campaign at La Caja Mágica in the second round against Gael Monfils (FRA, ATP #21).
Novak did double duty in the Davis Cup semis on Friday, but it was not enough to give a victory to the 2010 champions Serbia. Gojo won the opening singles rubber against Lajovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Nole leveled the tie beating Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2, but in the deciding doubles, the world no.1 pair Mektic/Pavic defeated Djokovic and Krajinovic 7-5, 6-1.
Serbia is through to the Davis Cup semis following a comeback 2-1 win over Kazakhstan. Kukushkin clinched the opening point beating Kecmanovic 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. Novak then recorded a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Alexander Bublik to level the tie. In the deciding doubles match, Nole and Cacic teamed up to defeat Golubev and Nedovyesov 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Serbia will face Croatia at the Madrid Arena on Friday (16:00 CET).
Novak beat Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-3 to clinch the win after Filip Krajinovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-6. Viktor Troicki/Janko Tipsarevic face Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut in the remaining doubles dead rubber.