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Novak Djokovic is hoping to be fit for next week's Rome Masters after pulling out of the Madrid Open due to a right arm injury, his physiotherapist said on Wednesday.

World No.2 Djokovic struggled with an inflamed tendon at the Monte Carlo Masters last month, where he suffered a semi-final exit to Roger Federer.

"He should be ready for Rome, that's the plan. The French Open should follow," Prague therapist Pavel Kolar said.

"The treatment took place last week but we agreed he would resume training gradually, slowly, to avoid a recurrence.

"Madrid was too early, he would have to start playing on clay which is far more demanding than other surfaces, you play more returns and more spins, straining your wrist, so we decided he would come back in Rome."

The French Open, which begins on May 25, remains the only grand slam to have eluded Djokovic so far in his career.

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