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Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Mutua Madrid Open ahead of his third round match against world no.1 Novak Djokovic on Thursday.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).