Novak Djokovic also blames Madrid Open exit on blue clay

Posted: May 11, 2012 in A little bit of everything

National Post | Sports

World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Madrid Masters on Friday, vowing never to return to play on the tournament’s controversial blue clay.

Djokovic lost 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 to Serbian compatriot Janko Tipsarevic, his quarter-final defeat coming a day after world No. 2 Rafael Nadal had lost to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the third round.

“I want to forget this week as soon as possible and move on to the real clay courts,” said the top seed, who beat Nadal a year ago for the trophy.

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“They can do what they like, I won’t be here next year if this clay stays.”

Nadal also insisted on Thursday that he, too, would not play the Madrid tournament if the blue clay remains in place in 2013.

Earlier on Friday, tournament supremo Ion Tiriac had been forced to apologize for the anger felt by the…

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