Djokovic dumped out of Madrid by Edmund

Kyle Edmund sets up Novak Djokovic tie at the Madrid Open

Nadal has clinched 2 tournaments already this clay court season, while Djokovic hasn't even managed to reach the third round of any of them.

Kyle Edmund of Great Britain reacts during his second round match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day five of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 9, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

After the match, Djokovic praised Edmund for playing "the best tennis of his life", but also acknowledged that "there are obvious things that are not working well for me". Indeed three times Verdasco had got past Nadal, including on Madrid's clay in 2012-albeit the fast blue iteration of the surface. He had a number of severe injury problems in the years gone by, but he always came back strong.

For as has been the case in every clay season, the man who returned to No1 past year 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.

Djokovic was cursing his luck after a couple of awkward bounces but Edmund would not be distracted, serving out a superb victory after an hour and 42 minutes. "It's something I have to accept, I have to embrace".

A big difference this year for Edmund has been his performances against the best players.

Djokovic now has 18 days of rest before he will aim to break his poor form as play gets underway at Roland Garros.

'It's obviously not nice having Andy out of the game, ' said Edmund.

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Nadal then struck a forehand victor on the run to break Schwartzman again in the second set. Edmund, an unseeded Brit, defeated former No. 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Wednesday. Until he withdrew from the 2017 U.S. Open, the Serbian star had played in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments and reached the final 21 times. "But, also, he was courageous enough to attack the balls when it mattered and deserved to win", Djokovic said.

And 16 years after winning his first tour match, Verdasco did indeed score this notable one in Madrid in straight sets, the sixth Spaniard and only the ninth active player to do so. I tried but obviously, yeah, wasn't to be today.

"At the same time, nobody is forcing me to play this sport". I want to do it.

"I have an aggressive game style and knew I had to impose that", Edmund told ATP Radio. And, you know, as long as I keep going, as long as I love the sport, I'll keep going.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been in entirely different scenarios since previous year.

"I think Novak, step-by-step, is going to be able to recover and be at the level he deserves".

"But I can be happy with the progress of the level of my tennis".

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