Novak Djokovic will skip the defence of his Madrid Masters title from 2019, Spain’s MARCA reported on Tuesday.

The world No. 1 whose form and morale have taken a dive after his Australian Open title two months ago will join Roger Federer in missing the joint ATP-WTA tournament which begins for men on Monday.

Djokovic hit a low this month, losing in the Monte Carlo third round to Brit Dan Evans.

He was then handed a humiliating loss at home in Belgrade by Aslan Karatsev, who reached the Australian Open semis this year as a qualifier.

Federer , who is returning to the court after two 2020 knee operations, will compete only in Geneva prior to the May 30 start at Roland Garros.

Djokovic is down to play in the Mark II edition of his family-run tournament in Belgrade and is also entered in the Rome Masters.

The 33-year-old Serb said last week that he could barely decide whether to bother with Madrid and was fed up with trying to plan a calendar amid COVID uncertainty on the Tour.

Home clay hero Rafael Nadal will now take the top Madrid seeding after returning to second in the world behind Djokovic through Sunday’s 11th title in Barcelona.

Main photo novak Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in Madrid 2019


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