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Posted on: Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tennis: Ailing Djokovic withdraws from Madrid Open

Associated Press

MADRID Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Madrid Open because of illness and allergies.

The Serb is ranked No. 2 and retired from the Serbia Open quarterfinals against Filip Krajinovic on Friday because of a fever.

Organizers said Saturday that because of Djokovic's withdrawal Andy Murray moves up to become the third seeded player in the clay-court tournament. Last year's winner, Roger Federer, is seeded No. 1, followed by 2009 finalist Rafael Nadal.

Qualifying matches began Friday. The tournament ends May 16.