Britain's Edmund stuns Djokovic in Madrid second round

Britain's Edmund stuns Djokovic in Madrid second round

He arrived in Madrid on a run of 19 clay wins, and a record 46 straight sets dating back to his 10th French Open title last June.

Earlier this year, Djokovic, now the World No. 12, underwent surgery for a right elbow injury, which has marred his last few seasons. It got me through easy games and also got me out of some tricky situations. The Spaniard recently earned his 11th tournament titles in both Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, and he is now bidding for a sixth in Madrid. The 12th-ranked Serb also failed to advance past the last 16 at the Australian Open.

"One or two points decide really these kind of matches", Djokovic said. "I think it's going to take a little bit of time for us to really get my game together the way we want to".

"I was looking forward to having these kind of matches, looking to trying to win these kind of matches", Djokovic said.

Djokovic looked to be getting back to somewhere near his best as he took the second set in style to set up a decider, but Edmund recovered from 0-40 down in the fifth game to remain in front and then claimed the decisive break before nervelessly serving out for the match.

Evidently confident, the Yorkshireman broke twice in the first set and then crucially held off two break points at the start of the second to stay on even terms.

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Novak Djokovic has won six and lost as many matches in the ongoing season. I did that well yesterday and today was more of the same. "I try to always remind myself and be grateful of that".

Nadal then struck a forehand victor on the run to break Schwartzman again in the second set. When things are going well, everything works out. "It was a very solid match in all aspects".

Top seed Rafael Nadal is safely through, as he continued his clay-court dominance with a comfortable straight-sets win over France's Gael Monfils. The 36-year-old Lopez will be the tournament director in Madrid beginning next year.

Previously in-form fourth seed Juan Martin Del Potro suffered a shock 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) defeat by Dusan Lajovic, handing the Serbian the first win over a top-ten player of his career. The Belgian posted a 7-5, 6-3 win over Robin Haase of the Netherlands. 'I think for both sides it was just bad.

Halep will now play Pliskova's twin sister Karolina for a place in the last four. You know, to beat a big name, you know what he's done in the game, the pressures that come with that.

The final quarter-final will be between second seed Alexander Zverev - a 6-4, 6-2 victor over Leonardo Mayer, and John Isner, who edged Pablo Cuevas 6-7 (9), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).

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