Kyle Edmund through to quarter-finals of Madrid Open

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Novak Djokovic crashed to yet another shock defeat as he was dumped out of the Madrid Open by British number one Kyle Edmund.

Former No. 1-ranked Djokovic has struggled since returning from a layoff for a right-elbow injury and is yet to reach the quarterfinals in the six tournaments he has played this year. "It has obviously some consequences on your body that I never faced before, I never knew before, because I never had any surgery before".

"But I have to keep working on them and pray that - and hope that my game will get stronger, get better as definitely as the matches, you know, go the distance".

And it follows his poor performances at the Indian Wells Masters, Miami Open and Barcelona Open.

"One or two points decide really these kind of matches". Luck was on his side a little bit.

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.

Djokovic was broken to love at 2-2 but he recovered well by pouncing on his opponent's second serve to clinch the opening set in just over an hour.

"If I don't pull the trigger too often then I play well". I tried but obviously, yeah, wasn't to be today. "I try to always remind myself and be grateful of that". Another break at 4-2 meant the match would be settled in a third set.

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Edmund next plays eighth-seeded Belgian David Goffin, who defeated Dutchman Robin Haase 7-5, 6-3.

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. "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.

A clear favourite to claim his 11th title at Roland Garros, Nadal will now face Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the last 16.

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.

Edmund for his part was at his imposing best in a 6-4, 6-0 win over the young Russian Daniil Medvedev in their first round match yesterday. "It's just a really good win for me", said Edmund.

It's sort of like, Oh, you play well, but I haven't been winning.

Novak Djokovic beats Kei Nishikori in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. You know, to beat a big name, you know what he's done in the game, the pressures that come with that.

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