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Andy Murray withdraws from Madrid Open match against Novak Djokovic

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(MADRID) — Andy Murray has withdrawn from his match against Novak Djokovic in the Madrid Open due to an illness.

The tournament’s official account tweeted early Thursday: “Unfortunately, Andy Murray is unable to take to the Manolo Santana Stadium due to illness.”

Murray, 34, was set to face off against Djokovic in the round of 16 on Thursday. It would have been the pair’s 37th time going head to head.

Instead, with Murray’s withdrawal, Djokovic advances to the quarterfinals, where he will face either Hubert Hurkacz or Dusan Lajovic.

In lieu of Murray and Djokovic’s match, “Andrey Rublev and Daniel Evans will open the day’s play on centre court,” the tournament tweeted.

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