Kyle Edmund reacts to Novak Djokovic praise after stunning Madrid Open win

Kyle Edmund reacts to Novak Djokovic praise after stunning Madrid Open win

Kyle Edmund reacts to Novak Djokovic praise after stunning Madrid Open win

Edmund earned his 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win over the 10th-seed and former world No.1 Djokovic in an hour and 29 minutes, reports Efe.

Nadal, who is two sets away from breaking John McEnroe's 1984 record of 49 straight sets won on a single surface, will next face Diego Schwartzman, who defeated Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.

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.

Since undergoing elbow surgery at the beginning of the year, the 30-year-old has crashed out early at the Indian Wells Masters, Miami Open, Barcelona Open and now the Madrid Open too.

Serving to stay in the opening set, he played a awful game and, with 3 set points, Edmund took the first when a driving return caught the line.

Edmund was forced to show great resolve and reel off three break-point opportunities to hold serve in the fifth game of the third set as Djokovic looked to increase the pressure on the world No 22.

'Obviously this year I wanted to put it right, that I lost a few tough matches, it was close.

Djokovic lost to Kyle Edmund 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in the second round, the sixth straight tournament in which he has failed to reach the quarter-finals.

In the first set, he was caught napping by the Brit as he raced to the lead, but we saw more of the glimpses of the Djokovic of old, as he handed back an equally emphatic lesson, levelling the match with a double-break cushion.

Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber upset Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the second round.

"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".

This was only the third time Edmund had beaten a player ranked as high as world number 12 and in terms of status, Djokovic is by far his biggest scalp yet. "But, also, he was courageous enough to attack the balls when it mattered and deserved to win", Djokovic said.

'Like you said, it's nice to hear things from Novak, complimentary.

World number one and top seed Simona Halep had earlier maintained her charge towards a third consecutive Madrid title as she eased past Kristyna Pliskova 6-1 6-4. "Despite a slow start, I was still very positive".

Belgian superstar David Goffin is going to be in action in Madrid as he takes on British tennis player Kyle Edmund.

1 staved off a comeback from the Serb to move into the third round at the Caja Magica, winning 6-3 2-6 6-3.

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