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Straight-sets win eases Edmund into quarter-finals — Madrid Open

11 May, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Kyle Edmund in the first round of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open 2018

Britain's Kyle Edmund followed up his surprise win over Novak Djokovic by beating Belgium's David Goffin on Thursday to march into the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open.

The British player's forehand was causing his opponent all sorts of problems, and he broke twice more to take the first set 6-3. The 12-time Grand Slam champion has struggled this year after saying he returned to action too quickly following a lingering right elbow injury.

"There are obvious things that are not working well for me", the 12-time Grand Slam champion said. My serve got me through easy games and also got me out of some tricky situations.

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.

"One or two points decide really these kind of matches". But, in the end, he played a little bit better and was more focused maybe. Edmund was changing direction off the backhand wing easily and that allowed him to race off to a rapid start in the second set.

The pair exchanged breaks early in the opening set, with Edmund the first to draw blood.

Edmund made the ideal start to his match as he broke Djokovic in the opening game.

"I just felt good today, felt I was hitting the ball well", Edmund said.

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.

Nadal improved to 17-1 overall on the season with his win over the 41st-ranked Monfils.

"I think Novak, step-by-step, is going to be able to recover and be at the level he deserves". "It was a very solid match in all aspects".

Nadal has not lost a set yet on the red dirt this season. The 36-year-old Lopez will be the tournament director in Madrid beginning next year. The teenager got the better of his fellow Canadian Milos Raonic in a 6-4, 6-4 win. When things are going well, everything works out. "Despite a slow start, I was still very positive".

The second-ranked Wozniacki needed to win the title in Madrid to overcome Romania's Halep for the No. 1 spot. The Belgian is the better player and considering both players are in good form, it makes sense to side with the more accomplished tennis player.

Women (second round): Kristyna Pliskova bt Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-5, 6-2; Carla Suarez Navarro bt Elina Svitolina 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4; Garbine Muguruza bt Donna Vekic 2-6, 6-4, 6-1; Bernarda Pera bt Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3.

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