MADRID – Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the Madrid Open on Friday after Marin Cilic withdrew because of food poisoning.
Cilic said he had a “terrible night” and would not be able to play in the quarterfinal match against the top-ranked Djokovic at the Magic Box.
Cilic had three-set wins in his first three matches in Madrid. He saved four match points in the opener against Martin Klizan, then beat Jan-Lennard Struff and Laslo Djere.
Djokovic was coming off comfortable two-set victories in his first two matches. He will next face either Roger Federer or Dominic Thiem.
Djokovic is seeking a third Madrid Open title, and his second of the season after winning the Australian Open.
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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Roger Federer delivered another vintage Centre Court performance to reach a record-extending 17th Wimbledon quarterfinal.
Federer ousted 17th-seeded Matteo Berrettini 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in a match that only lasted 1 hour, 14 minutes.
The eight-time Wimbledon champion lost only one point on his serve in the first set and didn’t face a break point until he was up 3-0 in the third. He saved that one and went on to serve out the match at love.
The 37-year-old Federer became the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Jimmy Connors did it at 39 at the 1991 U.S. Open.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Four-time champion Novak Djokovic is into the Wimbledon quarterfinals again after beating Ugo Humbert in straight sets.
Djokovic took advantage of 34 unforced errors to win 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on No. 1 Court and set up a meeting with David Goffin.
Djokovic, who beat Kevin Anderson in last year’s final, reached his 11th Wimbledon quarterfinal. That puts him level with Boris Becker in fourth place on the all-time list. Roger Federer was trying to reach a record-extending 17th later.
Goffin beat Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (9), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Sam Querrey also advanced after winning an all-American matchup against Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-7 (9), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5).