Novak Djokovic reacts to shock Madrid Open exit to Kyle Edmund

Heather Diaz
May 11, 2018

Nadal beat Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 on the clay to take his winning set streak to 50 and eclipse McEnroe's total which the American achieved on carpet in 1984.

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).

Novak Djokovic beats Kei Nishikori in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4.

The top-ranked Nadal, who improved to 18-1 overall on the season, has won 38 of his last 39 matches on his favored clay. From 0-30 down he broke from nowhere to go 4-2 up, and at 5-2 forced a first match point, which was comfortably saved by a service victor.

Sentimental support, too, for another veteran Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco, also a leftie but with a heavyweight baseline game that had taken him, at his best, to No7 in the world and through Nadal in a memorable five-set thriller at the 2016 Australian Open.

"I don't think [about] victories in a row", insisted the 16-time grand slam champion and French Open favourite.

Djokovic stormed through the second set on the Manolo Santana court and, at his best, might never have looked back, but he spurned three break points early in the decider and Edmund pounced to win 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

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Lajovic moved on to meet sixth-seeded Kevin Anderson, who eliminated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (7).

The 23-year-old, who has replaced Murray as the British No.1 and knocked out Novak Djokovic in the previous round, swept past last-16 opponent David Goffin 6-3, 6-3 to reach his first quarter-finals at one of the prestigious Masters 1000 events. While Nadal recovered last year to clinch 2 grand slams, Djokovic has struggled immensely to get back to form and fitness this year.

Edmund will face 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov, after he bettered Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4 in an all-Canadian clash.

Pliskova gave the Romanian no chance, breaking her serve four times and hitting 20 winners. For example, my match today, I had a breakpoint in the first set, then with 2-0 I had a breakpoint against me. For Novak Djokovic, he had reiterated the positive influence of accumulating more matches under his belt, but with this defeat, he has failed to defend his semifinal points from past year. But Novak Djokovic took his "Djokosmash" to a whole 'nother level at the Mutua Madrid Open on Monday afternoon.

It was a matter of Djokovic taking his opportunities at just the right times. "That's why it went her way".

Caroline Wozniacki, however, is out.

She will play Petra Kvitova or Daria Kasatkina in the semifinals.

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