Kyle Edmund pulls off shock victory over Novak Djokovic in Madrid Open

Kyle Edmund pulls off shock victory over Novak Djokovic in Madrid Open

"I have done a lot of things well since I came back", Nadal said. Each tournament, perhaps with the exception of Barcelona has seen him test out his mettle against tough opponents.

The second set lasted only 25 minutes as the world No 22 took control of the match by breaking Medvedev in all three of his service games to claim a comfortable 6-4 6-0 victory.

Not that the 34-year-old Verdasco, now ranked at 37, needed to worry about another Nadal showdown-unless both men reached the final, that is-for Verdasco was in the bottom quarter.

But he is capable of big match wins.

The Serbian's woeful form does not appear to be coming to an end and he has now lost six of his last nine matches, while he is yet to even win a final set in 2018. However, he ran out of steam against another clay expert, Leonardo Mayer, in Round 2.

He will take on David Goffin in the next round after Goffin beat Robin Haase on the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, world number two Caroline Wozniacki survived a scare from Ashleigh Barty on Monday, edging the Australian 6-2 4-6 6-4 to reach the last-16.

"I play with the right intensity, the right focus all the time". Indeed he put together a 15-match streak with back to back titles in Acapulco and Indian Wells, before losing to John Isner in Miami.

He boasted a 34-5 record at the Caja Magica, too, plus the unwavering, intense support of his home crowd.

There you have it, and from a man who has played his fair share of brilliant tennis in his time. The UK based player has had a very strong season and has been constantly running deep in tournaments.

The British number one saved five break points in the first set before winning eight straight games for a comfortable victory over the Russian in one hour and 17 minutes.

It's the sixth straight tournament Djokovic has played that he's failed to reach the quarterfinals.

Edmund played fearless tennis.

Edmund would have been forgiven for shakiness as he served for the biggest scalp of his career although he showed pure steel forcing Djokovic into errors with three booming serves which sandwiched a wonderful forehand. That game in the third set was very key. But here was a different Edmund from the one that the Serb had beaten three times in relatively easy order. Backhand, he has improved his backhand, down the line. The unseeded Briton then broke Djokovic's serve to go up 5-3 and easily closed out the match on his serve. "But, also, he was courageous enough to attack the balls when it mattered and deserved to win", Djokovic said.

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