Injury setback for Djokovic

  • Last Updated: May 4 2014, 16:15 BST

World number two Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Madrid Open after a recurrence of an injury to his right arm.

Djokovic: Still troubled by a problem with his arm
Djokovic: Still troubled by a problem with his arm

.The Serbian was troubled by the problem three weeks ago in Monte Carlo and it has forced him out of the event in Spain, which began on Sunday.

"I am very sorry for the Madrid tournament and all the Spanish fans to have to pull out of the Mutua Madrid Open," Djokovic told

"I did everything possible in order to play in Madrid, which is one of the biggest events of the year, but unfortunately my right arm injury has flared up again.

"Now I will take some time to recover and heal my injury, hoping I will be ready for Rome.

"I look forward to returning to Madrid next year."

Djokovic's next scheduled tournament is the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, which begins next Sunday.

The year's second Grand Slam, the French Open, starts on May 25.