Kyle Edmund roars past David Goffin and into Madrid Open quarter-finals

Kyle Edmund unconcerned if Novak Djokovic has turned a corner

He has gone 48 consecutive sets without defeat, which in itself is an open era record - the previous best being at 36 consecutive sets by Romanian legend Ilie Nastase. The 16-time Grand Slam champion, coming off titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, has won 37 of his last 38 matches on the surface, including 20 straight.

That has been the case ever since Djokovic returned from an elbow injury earlier this season. 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 got me through easy games and also got me out of some tricky situations.

For as has been the case in every clay season, the man who returned to No1 a year ago after winning his 10th Monte-Carlo Masters, Barcelona 500 and French Open titles-and his fourth clay Madrid Masters-was hitting the same unbeatable form on his beloved clay.

"One or two points decide really these kind of matches", Djokovic said.

Djokovic believes the margins were slim and concludes that "luck was on his side a little bit".

Djokovic seemed hungrier in the second and was in charge from the moment he broke Edmund to lead 2-0.

Djokovic added: "I haven't played a whole bunch of matches". I tried but obviously, yeah, wasn't to be 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. "Even though they know my game very well, it's still a process".

Belgium's David Goffin, whom Edmund lost to on clay during Britain's run to Davis Cup glory in 2015, now awaits in the last 16.

"I [have done] a lot of things well since I came back". "It was a very solid match in all aspects".

Spain's top seed Rafael Nadal also plays later on Thursday, when he meets Argentina's Diego Schwartzman. 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.

The two-time former victor beat Nishikori 7-5, 6-4 in their first-round clash, the pair going head-to-head for just shy of two hours before Djokovic prevailed.

Sharapova will face 20th-ranked Kiki Bertens, who ended Caroline Wozniacki's bid to return to the top of the rankings with a 6-2, 6-2 win.

It was a matter of Djokovic taking his opportunities at just the right times.

Novak Djokovic is trying his best to stay optimistic despite a disappointing start to his season.

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