May 8, 2010 / 1:11 PM / 9 years ago

World number two Djokovic pulls out of Madrid Open

Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Fernando Verdasco of Spain during their quarter final match at the Rome Masters tennis tournament in Rome April 30, 2010. REUTERS/Max Rossi

MADRID (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the Madrid Open masters event after retiring from his quarter-final in the Serbia Open on Friday due to illness and allergies, organizers said on Saturday.

The world number two, a semi-finalist last year at the clay event in the Spanish capital, had to pull out of his match against Filip Krajinovic in Belgrade after his fellow Serbian had taken the first set 6-4.

The ATP said there had been a lot of pollen in the air in Belgrade where Djokovic, who lost to Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals at last month’s Rome Masters, was the top seed and defending champion.

The Madrid event starts on Sunday.

Reporting by Iain Rogers; Editing by Clare Fallon

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