Djokovic suffers another early exit in Madrid

Calvin Saunders
May 11, 2018

Djokovic, who has been hampered by a long-term elbow injury, has not reached the last eight of a tournament since last year's Wimbledon. I hope he's obviously back, who knows about Wimbledon. It got me through easy games and also got me out of some tricky situations.

He has struggled on his return to clay ahead of the French Open, having suffered early exits in Monte Carlo and Barcelona last month.

"I clenched my teeth and I kind of went through it, played Australia, but wasn't really ready", Djokovic said. Luck was on his side a little bit. "But, also, he was courageous enough to attack the balls when it mattered and deserved to win", Djokovic said.

Coric was leading 5-2 in the second set when heavy rain interrupted play at Caja Magica, and after a 40 minute delay he returned to complete his 16th match win of the season. For example, my match today, I had a breakpoint in the first set, then with 2-0 I had a breakpoint against me.

"I served really well today".

I knew if I put myself in the match, I would have a good chance of winning.' Finally, analyzing his performance, Edmund said, 'All in all, yeah, I'm probably playing the highest level, and consistency.

After breaking the two-time Madrid champion in the third, Edmund saved three break points before serving out the final set to progress.

At present it seems impossible that Nadal will lose a game on clay, his latest destruction of Monfils - a 6-3 6-1 triumph - a prime example of his intensity and sensational groundstrokes. Therefore I am going for Edmund to win in three sets. "It was a very solid match in all aspects".

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

The 31-year-old Russian, who entered the tournament on the back of four consecutive defeats, rallied from 3-1 down before snatching the opening set with a ferocious forehand.

Milos Raonic defeated Nicolas Kicker 6-3, 6-2 to set up a second-round encounter with third seed Grigor Dimitrov, while Richard Gasquet beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2 to advance to play qualifier Dusan Lajovic, who got past Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-2.

Edmund will face the victor of an all-Canadian clash between Milos Raonic or Denis Shapovalov in the quarter-finals.

"I just think that's life", he said.

"He is a top player, top 10 in the world, so it is very pleasing".

Halep beat Kristyna Pliskova 6-1, 6-4 to stay on track for a third straight title in Madrid. Both players have been in decent form this season and will look to run deep in this tournament, especially since there are no massive names left.

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