Nadal brushes off being labelled Madrid Open favourite

Rafael Nadal

British No. 1 Kyle Edmund stunned World No. 12 Novak Djokovic to reach the third round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday.

One day after an encouraging first-round win over Kei Nishikori, Djokovic found himself outplayed by the English World No 22, who secured a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 victory after one hour and 43 minutes.

The five-time champion broke for a third time in the second set to seal his victory, converting his third match point as another Monfils groundstroke flew long.

"One or two points decide really these kind of matches", Djokovic said. "When Novak gets a lead it's very hard to break him down because he becomes a bit more aggressive". "Luck was on his side a little bit".

Edmund moves on to face eighth seed David Goffin, who defeated Robin Haase 7-5, 6-3 earlier in the day. "It was a very solid match in all aspects".

But ultimately, Nadal never looked in any real danger and he will await Diego Schwartzman or Feliciano Lopez in the last-16.

Nadal has always been an ardent supporter of Real Madrid, but last week, the 31-year-old was spotted at Wanda Metropolitano during Atletico Madrid's Europa League home fixture against Arsenal.

Maria Sharapova made it to the quarterfinals for the first time since January with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kristina Mladenovic.

The women's defending champions and top seed, Simona Halep brushed past qualifier Krystina Pliskova 6-1, 6-4 in just 75 minutes, but the second seed Caroline Wozniacki surprisingly lost 6-2, 6-2 to Kiki Bertens, who is now ranked 21st in the world.

"I just felt like I did the right things", Sharapova said.

"Maybe I am very passionate about football, and I'm not criticizing football", he said.

The second-ranked Wozniacki needed to win the title in Madrid to overcome Simona Halep for the No. 1 spot. "I was better than the other players in those tournaments, but this doesn't guarantee that I'll be better in this tournament", Nadal added.

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