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Novak Djokovic forced to withdraw from doubles final in Mallorca

Novak Djokovic at Serbia Open

Novak Djokovic has had to withdraw from the Mallorca Doubles final due to his partner Carlos Gomez-Herrera suffering a foot injury.

Djokovic had decided to enter the doubles tournament rather than the singles in order to build up match practice on grass but without pushing himself too much ahead of Wimbledon.

And their rise to the final came as a surprise to both players, who are good friends, especially with it being the first outing of the pair as a doubles team.

After the semi-final win over third seeds Oliver Marach and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, the world number one was overjoyed to reach a rare doubles final.

"I don't think we expected to reach the finals," Djokovic said in an on-court interview afterwards.

"But if we play well, we can return very well, we serve very well and I think we have a quite solid net game.

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“All around, everything clicked quite amazingly in the last several days for us. I’m just super thrilled to share the court with him and to reach our first final together.”

However, following the match, an ATP statement was released informing that the pair have subsequently had to withdraw.

"Novak Djokovic and Carlos Gomez-Herrera have withdrawn from the Mallorca doubles final (foot injury, Gomez-Herrera)," said the ATP statement.

"The winner of Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez v Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald will take the title."

Djokovic will now head to Wimbledon hoping to defend his 2019 title a claim a sixth All England Championship.

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