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Top analyst says it is 'hard to argue' with Novak Djokovic decision to skip Madrid

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Greg Rusedski says Novak Djokovic is absolutely vindicated in his decision to skip the Madrid Masters next week. 

Djokovic is the reigning champion in Madrid having won it in 2019, but he has opted not to defend his title this time around.

The world number one will play Rome, where he is also the champion, and possibly Belgrade 2, where he is currently on the entry list.

It is further evidence that Djokovic is making good on his vow to reduce his schedule a little this year to focus on Grand Slams instead, and Rusedski says he has more than earned that right.

"Everyone is talking about Novak Djokovic not playing Madrid," Amazon Prime analyst and former US Open finalist Rusedski tweeted.

"Let's remember playing in Madrid is nothing like Roland Garros with the bounce and altitude, and maybe Novak would like to support his home event (Begrade) and try a new lead-up schedule," Rusedski went on.

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"[It's] hard to argue with someone with 18 majors!"

Djokovic has not made a secret of his desire to step away a little from the ATP, and explained his reasons after winning the Australian Open in February.

“I will have to revise my schedule comparing to the last year or any other season before this,” Djokovic said.

“I explained my reasons why. Obviously time away from family definitely is something that has an impact on me.

“I’ll have to see with these rules and regulations and restrictions in place all over the world, Europe, not being able to take my family on the road is something that is a big problem for me.”

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