Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Djokovic in Madrid Open semis after Cilic food poisoning withdrawal

Djokovic in Madrid Open semis after Cilic food poisoning withdrawal

It was his 13th consecutive win over Chardy, all in straight sets.

The fifth-seeded Austrian, who saved two match points, will face Novak Djokovic on Saturday after the world number one's opponent Marin Cilic withdrew with food poisoning. "So this is my goal, to play finals and to win trophies".

Djokovic drew first blood with a break in game two after a loose forehand from Chardy, opening a 4-0 advantage after a double fault from the Frenchman and saving three break points in the next game to keep the rival out from the scoreboard.

Djokovic had to work hard in set number two to earn the 339th Masters 1000 win, saving a set point at 4-5 and sailing through the tie break to stay on the title chase against the opponent who never stood a chance once he wasted that set point.

In the women's quarterfinals, top-ranked Naomi Osaka lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Belinda Bencic, falling to the Swiss for the second time this season.

Djokovic has already gone a step further than he did in Madrid past year, when a shock three-set defeat to Briton Kyle Edmunds saw him crash out in the second round.

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In only his second match on clay in three years, Federer rallied from three games down late in the third set and then dominated the deciding tiebreaker to outlast Monfils and reach the quarterfinals in a match of more than two hours at the Magic Box centre court. He said, "Dear fans, Mutua Madrid Open organizers, Novak Djokovic, I am sorry to announce that I must withdraw from today's match".

Federer, who looked frustrated at times, recovered after being down 0-3 and 1-4 in the third set.

"It was supposed to be definitely a good match", said Djokovic, who has played only four sets this week. "Happy that I'm going to be fresh for my semifinal".

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

Thiem lost the Madrid final to Nadal in 2017 and to Alexander Zverev in 2018.

"Hopefully I can have two good tournaments in Madrid and Rome and a great lead-up to Paris". "He's won the last three Slams and he is at the top of the ranking again".

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