Britain's Kyle Edmund beats Novak Djokovic — Madrid Open

Britain's Kyle Edmund beats Novak Djokovic — Madrid Open

Britain's Kyle Edmund beats Novak Djokovic — Madrid Open

"I served really well today". "There are positives to take out from this". There are positives to take out from this, but [it's] obviously disappointing to go out early in the tournament.

He has struggled on his return to clay ahead of the French Open, having suffered early exits in Monte Carlo and Barcelona last month. Well, I say unexpected, it wouldn't be that much of a shock if Edmund were to win today given Djokovic's recent problems, but still you've got to make the 12-time grand slam champion the favourite for this one. "It's something I have to accept, I have to embrace".

'It's only the quarter-finals, there are so many good players so it's a tough question, ' Goffin added.

Djokovic now has 18 days of rest before he will aim to break his poor form as play gets underway at Roland Garros. "I managed to play the right shots in the important moments", Djokovic said. I want to do it. "Even though they know my game very well, it's still a process".

The 23-year-old from Yorkshire is through to the Madrid Open quarter-finals, his first time at this stage at a Masters level event, after a hugely impressive 6-3, 6-3 win on Thursday over the skilful Belgian.

With that, naturally came the British top spot, and following a bout if injury and illness, Edmund is back on his favoured surface, and showing just what he can do on clay.

"I've played this sport so many years and had a bunch of success".

So it's been, what, a year and a bit since then for me personally.

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"I haven't had an easy draw here, but I don't think anyone has". And as long as I keep going, as long as I love the sport, I'll keep going.

However, Rafael Nadal has given his backing to Djokovic to regain his best form.

"That's all I can do - go out there and do my best".

'What Novak did on this sport is awesome. He looks like a great guy with a great mentality so yeah he's improving a lot'. "I don't have any doubt he's going to be back up at the highest level".

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action against Kei Nishikori of Japan during their first round match of the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain, 07 May 2018. He was off for six months but the elbow started hurting again when he began training to get ready for the preseason. He said: "One or two points decide these kind of matches".

"Then I really set up a good opportunity for me to step up".

Alongside the brilliance, though, there were uncharacteristic mistakes, noticeably an unforgivable missed overhead in the second set that, fortunately for the Serbian, didn't come back to haunt him.

"There are obvious things that are not working well for me", the 12-time Grand Slam champion said. I'm grateful. That's all I can say.

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