Greg Rusedski jumps to Novak Djokovic’s defence after world No 1’s Madrid Open withdrawal

Novak Djokovic playing to the crowd

Greg Rusedski insists there is plenty of logic behind Novak Djokovic’s decision to withdraw from the Madrid Open.

Djokovic announced earlier this week that he would not defend his ATP Masters 1000 title in the Spanish capital next week without giving an official reason for his withdrawal.

OFFICIAL: World No 1 Novak Djokovic withdraws from the 2021 Madrid Open

The world No 1, though, is set to return to action at the Italian Open, which starts on May 10, while he is also expected to play in the home event, the Belgrade Open, from May 22-29 before switching focus to Roland Garros.

The 18-time Grand Slam winner’s decision to miss the Madrid Open raised a few eyebrows, but Amazon Prime analyst Greg Rusedski can see the rationale behind the tweak to his calendar.

“Everyone is talking about @DjokerNole not playing Madrid,” he tweeted.

“Let’s remember playing in Madrid is nothing like Roland Garros with the bounce and altitude and maybe Novak would like to support his home event and try a new lead up schedule.

“Hard to argue with someone with 18 majors!”

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