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Novak Djokovic was set to play Marin Cilic in their 20th FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting on Friday in Madrid.

Djokovic Advances In Madrid; Cilic Out With Food Poisoning

Serbian star advances to his 62nd ATP Masters 1000 semi-final

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.

“Marin is a top player and he's a good friend of mine and he did text me saying he got some food poisoning,” said Djokovic. “So I really hope he's going to recover for [next week's Internazionali BNL d'Italia in] Rome. On my side, I tried to warm up and prepare for the match and then I went back on the court, trained for another hour and got a good sweat in. [I’m] happy that I'm going to be fresh for my semi-final match-up tomorrow.”

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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