Madrid - Novak Djokovic has not managed to shake off an arm injury and has
been forced to pull out of this week's Madrid Open Masters event, the
Serbian world number two said on Sunday.
Djokovic, who was
hampered by the injury, thought to be his right wrist, at last month's
Monte Carlo Masters where he lost to Roger Federer in the semi-finals,
said he hoped to be back for the Rome Masters starting next Sunday.
am very sorry for the Madrid tournament and all the Spanish fans to
have to pull out," Djokovic on the ATP website.
did everything possible in order to play in Madrid, which is one of the
biggest events of the year, but unfortunately my right arm injury has
flared up again," he added.
"Now I will take some time to recover
and heal my injury, hoping I will be ready for Rome. I look forward to
returning to Madrid next year."
Djokovic would have had a chance of toppling Rafa Nadal from the number one spot at the clay event in the Spanish capital.
Spaniard Nadal, who won in Madrid last year, had failed to reach the
quarter-finals and Djokovic had triumphed in the final the Serb would
have overtaken him at the top of the rankings for the first time since
Nadal has been well below his scintillating best on his
favoured clay in recent weeks, losing in the quarter-finals at Monte
Carlo and Barcelona to compatriots David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro
"When you lose, you have a hard moment, you have more doubts," Nadal said at a news conference on Sunday.
"I'm here to fight and to try to play even better," added the 27-year-old.
don't think I have to change many things. I think I can change very
small things, and the change can be quite drastic and quite big. That's
what I'm working on right now.
"When you come from tough moments
like this, you come back with a little more intensity to try to be back
as soon as possible."