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Djokovic Advances To Madrid Semi-finals, Cilic Out With Food Poisoning | ATP Tour

Novak Djokovic advanced to the Mutua Madrid Open semi-finals for a sixth time on Friday without hitting a ball after Marin Cilic withdrew ahead of their match at the Caja Magica.

The 30-year-old Cilic announced his withdrawal – ahead of their 20th FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting – via Twitter, admitting he had food poisoning.

Ninth seed Cilic had won three three-set matches en route to the Madrid quarter-finals this week, saving four match points against Martin Klizan in the opening round; followed by victories over Jan-Lennard Struff and Laslo Djere.

Djokovic, the 2011 and 2016 champion in Madrid, will contest his 62nd ATP Masters 1000 semi-final against fourth-seeded Swiss Roger Federer, the three-time former titlist, who secured the 1,200th win of his career on Thursday, our fifth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem, a runner-up here for the past two years.

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