Marin Cilic food poisoning gives Novak Djokovic a spot in the Madrid Masters semi-finals

Novak Djokovic press conference

Novak Djokovic has received a walkover into the Madrid Open semi-finals after Marin Cilic was forced to withdraw from their scheduled match-up.

The pair were due to face each other in the quarter-finals on Firday, but Cilic announced shortly before that a bout of food poisoning had left him unable to play.

“Dear fans, Madrid Open organisers, Novak Djokovic, I am sorry to announce that I must withdraw from today’s match,” said the Croatian on Twitter.

“I have had a terrible night dealing with a case of food poisoning. I am extremely disappointed to have my time in Madrid end in this way. Thank you for the support.”

Djokovic, the 2011 and 2016 champion, will now face either Dominic Thiem or Roger Federer in the last four.

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