Kyle Edmund overpowers David Goffin to reach last eight in Madrid
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 11, 2018,
May 11, 2018, 3:57
Nadal later cruised past Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-1, extending his record of consecutive sets won on clay to 48.
Meanwhile, the 16-time Grand Slam champion expressed delight at the way he has recovered from the hip injury that hampered his performance in Melbourne.
That has been the case ever since Djokovic returned from an elbow injury earlier this season.
"There are obvious things that are not working well for me".
"But I have to keep working on them and pray that - and hope that my game will get stronger, get better as definitely as the matches, you know, go the distance".
Djokovic lost in the third round in Monte Carlo a few weeks ago, following second-round exits at both Miami and Indian Wells.
Djokovic, recently back from injury, is now under-ranked at 12th.
"One or two points decide really these kind of matches", Djokovic said. But, in the end, he played a little bit better and was more focused maybe.
Goffin is the second seeded player knocked out by world No. 22 Edmund, back-to-back as he ended Serbian Novak Djokovic's campaign at the tournament in the previous round, reported Efe.
Djokovic stuck to play to Edmund's suspect backhand and made a lighting start to the set with a break of serve.
"I play with the right intensity, the right focus all the time".
However, the Serbian is not too anxious, he said: "Obviously I'm disappointed from losing this match, but I can be happy with the progress of the level of my tennis".
It's a huge win for Edmund, who now faces another tough test against the eighth seed Goffin.
Nadal improved to 17-1 overall on the season with his win over the 41st-ranked Monfils. "The things haven't come from him, it's all media saying it (laughs), but obviously Andy keeps his cards close to his chest in terms of when he's going to be back or not". "It was a very solid match in all aspects".
Rafael Nadal broke John McEnroe's record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface by beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the Madrid Open on Thursday. The 36-year-old Lopez will be the tournament director in Madrid beginning next year.
Earlier in the day, Canada's Milos Raonic booked a second-round meeting with third seed Grigor Dimitrov, defeating Argentina's Nicolas Kicker 6-3 6-2.
Caroline Wozniacki, however, is out.
Lopez turns 37 in September, making him the oldest man in the draw, but the big single-handed leftie with the old-fashioned serve and volley game has never got beyond the quarters of his home tournament.
The Dane could have ursurped Halep as world number one by winning the title this week but instead endured a shock 6-2 6-2 defeat to Kiki Bertens.