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Murray is out of the Djokovic match at the Madrid Open due to illness

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Andy Murray will not go to court for his round of 16 match against Novak Djokovic after falling ill at the Madrid Open.

The 34-year-old Briton beat Dominic Thiem in the first round and Denis Shapovalov in the second to secure his spot against world no.

While the nature of Murray’s illness is unspecified, news of his retirement comes just about an hour before he was due to appear in court.

Britain’s Dan Evans will instead open the action on Center Court with his draw against Andrey Rublev.

Murray and Djokovic have a long history on the pitch, meeting 36 times in total – but this should be their first clash in five years.

After earning a wildcard entry into the Madrid Open, Murray looked in fine form early in the competition and was looking forward to renewing the rivalries with Djokovic as they are, although he did concede that it was a big one after that Gap between the two suffered from several injury problems.

“He’s number one in the world and I’ve got a metal hip,” Murray told Amazon Prime after his second-round win.

“I didn’t know I would get opportunities to play games like this again. In theory, I shouldn’t have a chance in the match.

“But I’ve done my best, put myself in a great position and it’s a fantastic opportunity to play him again in a big tournament on a big pitch.”

While it will be a disappointment to miss, the positive for Murray will likely be the fact that it is illness rather than re-injury that has slowed him down on this occasion.

Murray has pledged to donate his prize money from this season to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund, while also saying he “does not support” banning Russian and Belarusian players from Wimbledon.

Djokovic meets either Hubert Hurkacz or Dusan Lajovic in the last eight.

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