Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Kyle Edmund powers into Madrid Masters quarter-finals

Kyle Edmund in the first round of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open 2018 Edmund breezes to second round clash with Djokovic in Madrid Britwatch Team
Ivan Hill | 11 May, 2018, 00:42

For Djokovic, the positives that came after beating Kei Nishikori were blown away by Kyle Edmund, the Briton winning 6-3 2-6 6-3. He reached the French Open quarter-finals previous year and made the semis in Barcelona earlier this month.

Djokovic, 30, is still not back at his very best, but he showed flashes of his former greatness against Nishikori.

"I think it's definitely a surface that evens out a lot of the playing field". Therefore I am going for Edmund to win in three sets.

"I'm glad that match went my way, but it could have gone his way as well".

Edmund was changing direction off the backhand wing easily and that allowed him to race off to a rapid start in the second set.

In his best display since reaching the Australian Open semi-finals in January, Edmund weathered a mid-match resurgence from the Serb to come through 6-3 2-6 6-3 and move to within touching distance of the world's top 20.

"Kyle was just better in the decisive moments and I was a bit unlucky", Djokovic said afterwards. On paper, Goffin is the more accomplished player and if he plays well, he should be good enough to get the win.

Belgium's David Goffin, whom Edmund lost to on clay during Britain's run to Davis Cup glory in 2015, now awaits in the last 16.

"It's not the end of the world". I try to always remind myself and be grateful for that.

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"Pleased with the way my game's developing, that I'm able to beat a player like that". I do it because I like it. I really believe that he knows that, I know that, and everybody knows how hard is stay there all the time, no?

Nadal has enjoyed his own resurgence over the past 12 months, having reclaimed the world number one spot and clinched two more major titles.

The world number one's latest victory means he has won 48 sets in a row on clay, one behind John McEnroe - who set the record on carpet.

Spain's top seed Rafael Nadal also plays later on Thursday, when he meets Argentina's Diego Schwartzman. I've had niggles and stuff for a few weeks but mentally it's obviously frustrating, just wanting to play and doing as much work as you can. My backhand is working great. But still, [I played] two tough opponents, tough matches...

So can he go onto reach the final?

The two-time former victor beat Nishikori 7-5, 6-4 in their first-round clash, the pair going head-to-head for just shy of two hours before Djokovic prevailed.

Caroline Wozniacki, however, is out.

Edmund next plays eighth-seeded Belgian David Goffin, who defeated Dutchman Robin Haase 7-5, 6-3.

Halep will now play Pliskova s sister Karolina for a place in the last four.

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