Novak Djokovic suffers second round exit at Madrid Open

Novak Djokovic suffers second round exit at Madrid Open

Novak Djokovic suffers second round exit at Madrid Open

Edmund will play in the quarter-final of the ATP Masters Mutua Madrid Open on Friday.

Seventh-seeded John Isner beat fellow American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (1), 7-6 (7), while eighth-ranked Kevin Anderson defeated qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-2 to set up a third-round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

"Obviously I'm disappointed from losing this match", Djokovic said after losing his second round clash. "Definitely Kyle is playing the best tennis of his life".

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. He reached the French Open quarter-finals a year ago and made the semis in Barcelona earlier this month.

The 30-year-old was promising in his comeback but exited in the round of 16 before suffering consecutive opening round defeats at the BNP Paribas Open and the Miami Open in March, though he finally underwent surgery on his elbow in February.

"It's not the end of the world", Djokovic said.

"He is a top player, top 10 in the world, so it is very pleasing". I tried but obviously, yeah, wasn't to be to today. I play with the right intensity, the right focus all the time. I do it because I like it.

"I haven't had an easy draw here, but I don't think anyone has".

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Djokovic did not lose a point in his first three service games of the final set, but a wayward forehand gave Edmund the decisive break and he served out the match to love, the two-time champion bowing out after scooping a backhand long.

First round: Borna Coric bt Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-2; Fernando Verdasco bt Paolo Lorenzi 7-5, 6-4; Albert Ramos Vinolas bt Peter Gojowczyk 5-7, 6-2, 7-5; Kyle Edmund bt Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-0. That game in the third set was very key.

After the opening exchanges saw him and Nishikori trade a break each for 3-3, the 12-time Grand Slam victor then pounced on the Japanese player's serve at 6-5 ahead, taking the set with a forehand victor.

But, just as he had done against Djokovic the day before, Edmund did not waver, serving out when a Goffin forehand hit the net to confirm victory in a brief hour and 12 minutes.

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.

Earlier on Tuesday, Croatia's Borna Coric upset ninth seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4 6-2 in the opening round.

In a first-round match between Frenchmen, Benoit Paire hit 39 winners to defeat 18th-ranked Lucas Pouille 6-2, 6-3, advancing to face 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov of Canada, who got past Tennys Sandgren of the US 6-1, 6-4.

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