Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe set record

Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe set record

Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe set record

Rafael Nadal has broken John McEnroe's record for consecutive set wins on a single surface, in advancing into the quarter-finals of the Madrid Tennis Open.

Nadal will face Austrian Dominic Thiem in the last eight on Friday in pursuit of a sixth Madrid Open title after beginning the claycourt season by winning an 11th Monte Carlo Masters and lifting the Barcelona Open trophy for the 11th time. But being honest, I don't know if these kind of records are very important.

Kyle Edmund followed up his win over Novak Djokovic by toppling eighth seed David Goffin 6-3 6-3, while Alexander Zverev eased to a straight-sets success over Leonardo Mayer.

Djokovic has struggled this year after saying he returned to action too quickly following a lingering right elbow injury.

"I think I can improve a lot of things towards Rome and Roland Garros", Del Potro said. "I will just keep going with it".

World number six Juan Martin del Potro crashed out of the tournament after Serbia's Dusan Lajovic came back from a set down to beat the Argentine 3-6 6-4 7-6 (6) in the third round.

Lajovic is up against South African sixth seed Kevin Anderson next, who defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-6 (7) earlier in the day.

Edmund, who reached the final of this year's Australian Open, had never previously won a set against the 10th seed, who is still working his way back to top form after a long battle with injuries, but needed one hour and 42 minutes to defeat the Serb.

"Even in the warm-up I felt so good today", Pliskova said.

American John Isner also advanced to the quarter-finals after overcoming Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas in a tight match, 7-6 7-6 7-6.

Halep, who has won the tournament for the last two years, had looked imperious on her way to the last eight, dropping only nine games in three matches including Wednesday's win against Pliskova's twin sister Kristyna.

Halep lost to Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3, ending her bid to become a three-time consecutive champion in Madrid.

Kiki Bertens came from behind to beat Sharapova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. "She deserved to win".

France's 7th seed, Caroline Garcia also reached the last four after a 6-2, 6-3 over Carla Suarez Navarro, who Kiki Bertens, who on Wednesday beat No. 2 seed Caroline Woznianki, followed that up with a fearless fight back to beat Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

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