Djokovic suffers another early exit in Madrid

11 May, 2018, 03:58 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Kyle Edmund sets up Novak Djokovic tie at the Madrid Open

However, Djokovic was having trouble serving into the sun, and Edmund broke again in the fifth, and again with a backhand victor, 6-3. It was in the subsequent service game when Djokovic, who had not lost a point on serve in the third set, paid the price for a seemingly loose game.

Nadal remains on course after a comprehensive victory over Monfils.

He contrasted Edmund's risk-taking - the ability to be "courageous enough to attack the balls when it mattered" - with the way he dealt with some of the pivotal points in the match, particularly in the final set.

"So that's why it was really a ideal scenario to start off the tournament". So it's nice. At the start of the year, I reached a good tournament in Australian Open. The teenager got the better of his fellow Canadian Milos Raonic in a 6-4, 6-4 win.

Meanwhile, second-seed Caroline Wozniacki was taken to three sets by Ashleigh Barty but eventually prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Nadal then struck a forehand victor on the run to break Schwartzman again in the second set.

Barty, 22, was ultimately let down by her groundstrokes in crucial stages of the decider, finishing with 54 unforced errors.

Current world number one Rafael Nadal made short work of his second-round match with France's Gael Monfils, with the Spaniard winning 6-3 6-1 to continue his bid for a sixth title in Spain. I knew that I've had a lot of experience since then in terms I've gained more of a repertoire in my game, got I guess a wiser head on my shoulders. It's just about going for it again. He had a number of severe injury problems in the years gone by, but he always came back strong.

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Novak Djokovic was standing tall a little over two years ago as the most dominant tennis player in the men's game.

"I think there's more people that have an opportunity here on this surface".

Belarusian veteran Azarenka was featuring in her first tournament on clay for two years and came from 3-0 down to level in the final set against Pliskova.

Another former world number one, Maria Sharapova, continued her revival on clay as she overcame a tense opening set to beat Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu 7-5 6-1.

"My game is one of those where the better I manage it and pick my moments to be aggressive, then I play well".

Edmund put away a glorious cross-court forehand victor as he broke in the first game of the match, but Djokovic hit straight back with a break to love. So, yeah, it's a really good win for me.

'It's really hard to sort of judge if it's better or not.

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

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