Feliciano Lopez reveals what forced Andy Murray to give Novak Djokovic walkover

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Feliciano Lopez reveals what forced Andy Murray to give Novak Djokovic walkover

Madrid Masters tournament director Feliciano Lopez revealed that Andy Murray suffered a food poisoning on Wednesday. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, was scheduled to meet world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Madrid round-of-16 on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Murray had a day off in Madrid. On Thursday - just an hour before the start of the match - it was announced Murray gave a walkover to Djokovic. Illness was cited as the reason for Murray's withdrawal. Shortly later, Lopez revealed Murray suffered a food poisoning and that forced him to skip the Djokovic clash.

"I received a message from Andy yesterday (Wednesday) that he is not feeling well. It's food poisoning. It sounds like he felt a little better this morning, but still not that he could go out on the field," Lopez said, per the Daily Express.

Murray and Djokovic haven't met in five years

Tennis fans were absolutely excited after both Murray and Djokovic reached the round-of-16. On Monday, Murray beat former world No. 3 Dominic Thiem in his Madrid opener. The following day, Murray upset Denis Shapovalov to reach the last-16.

On the other side, Djokovic had a first round bye before beating Gael Monfils in the second round. Murray and Djokovic were scheduled to meet for the first time since 2017. Murray and Djokovic have clashed 36 times throughout their career but they haven't had a meeting since early 2017.

The last meeting between Murray and Djokovic came in 2017, when Djokovic edged out Murray in a three-set Doha final. Djokovic owns a 25-11 head-to-head record versus Murray. The last few years have been extremely difficult for Murray, and since he hasn't had deep runs at the Grand Slam or Masters events, he hasn't had much of a chance of meeting Djokovic.

Murray clinched two notable wins in Madrid and it ending his campaign on such an unfortunate way is a pity.