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

Frenchman Lucas Pouille, seeded 15th, crashed out of the tournament after a 6-2 6-3 defeat by compatriot Benoit Paire.

Djokovic broke serve late in each set to get past the 20th-ranked Nishikori after almost two hours in the Magic Box.

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov produced a relentless display of big-hitting to deny France's Benoit Paire the flawless 29th birthday present with a 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-4 victory in the second round.

Djokovic broke serve late in each set to get past Nishikori after almost two hours at La Caja Magica. "I don't have any doubt he's going to be back up at the highest level".

"He's a legend of the game so your first match when you share the court is an experience, but now, especially after reaching the semis of the Australian Open, it's time to try and beat these guys and I was very pleased today how I managed my game, especially in the third set". "It was exactly what I needed for my confidence and for my game". But it just shows even though I'm playing at a better level this year, you still lose.

It's the sixth straight tournament in which Djokovic has failed to reach the quarterfinals.

"I'm just trying to take one day at a time, build my game, because that's something that I feel is a priority right now", Djokovic said.

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However, the Serbian is not too anxious, he said: "Obviously I'm disappointed from losing this match, but I can be happy with the progress of the level of my tennis". I couldn't ask for a better start. Monfils is 14-7 this season but did not play in between Indian Wells and Munich-where he fell in his opener last week in Mirza Basic in a three-setter.

While Djokovic showcased good gameplay against Kei Nishikori in the first round of Madrid Open, he lost in the second round against Kyle Edmund. Rafael Nadal lurks in the other half of the draw.

Nadal's defence of his title began in comfortable fashion as he coasted to a 6-3 6-1 win over France's Gael Monfils yesterday.

Also, top-ranked Simona Halep beat Czech Kristyna Pliskova 6-1, 6-4 to stay on track for a third straight title in Madrid, while Dane Caroline Wozniacki's bid to return to the top of the rankings ended with a 2-6, 2-6 loss to 20th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. She has been dealing with a left forearm injury. "The forehand is working well too, as always", Nadal said.

"There are obvious things that are not working well for me", the 12-time Grand Slam champion said. "That will certainly help me moving forward".

Third-seeded Garbine Muguruza was upset by 20-year-old Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, while Carla Suarez Navarro eliminated Bernarda Pera 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

  • Carlos Nash