Kyle Edmund roars past David Goffin and into Madrid Open quarter-finals

by Olga Hunt May 13, 2018, 0:50
Kyle Edmund roars past David Goffin and into Madrid Open quarter-finals

Former world No.1 Djokovic is still not back to his best as he continues his comeback from an elbow injury but he was nevertheless impressed by Edmund, who has lost his one tour match with Rafael Nadal, both to Andy Murray and has yet to face Roger Federer.

For one man who relished the occasion in Madrid, British No. 1 Kyle Edmund-who had previously not taken a set off Djokovic in three meetings-somehow turned the tables and produced a performance of vast quality to inflict more misery on the Serb, winning in three sets 6-3 2-6 6-3 to set up a third round meeting with eighth-seeded Belgian David Goffin.

Djokovic has won 12 major titles but previous year failed to reach a final at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2009. "I served really well which got me through easy games and got me out of some tricky situations". The 12-time Grand Slam champion has an uninspiring 6-6 win-loss record in the ongoing season. But, in the end, he played a little bit better and was more focused maybe. "But, also, he was courageous enough to attack the balls when it mattered, and he deserved to win".

Kyle Edmund continued with his great form, beating number eight seed David Goffin after defeating Novak Djokovic yesterday.

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov produced a relentless display of big-hitting to deny France's Benoit Paire the ideal 29th birthday present with a 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-4 victory in the second round.

Get prep sports breaking news alerts from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. He had a chance to go up a break early in the third set but lost five straight points to allow Edmund to come back from 0-40. "I don't have any doubt that he's going to be back up at the highest level", said Nadal, who himself has returned from lengthy injury layoffs to add to lift his career tally to 16 major titles.

Edmund built on the Djokovic display in emphatic fashion, taking control from the opening game, when he broke Goffin's serve.

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The Spaniard will face Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in Thursday's Round of 16 match.

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

Caroline Wozniacki, however, is out. It is the second successive event the former world No.1 has pulled out of having also decided not to play in Madrid this week.

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

Halep beat Kristyna Pliskova 6-1, 6-4 to stay on track for a third straight title in Madrid.

Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber upset Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the second round.

"Especially, you know, such big tournaments against quality players, you've got to, you know, step in".


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