Nadal breaks McEnroe’s record to achieve Madrid quarters

MADRID: World number one Rafael Nadal set another record of winning 50 back to back sets on a solitary surface by beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to achieve the Madrid Open quarter-finals.

The Mallorcan outperformed John McEnroe’s past record of 49 back to back sets on cover which had remained since 1984 by observing off thirteenth seed Schwartzman and asserting a 21st continuous win on mud.

Nadal will confront Austrian Dominic Thiem in a rematch of a year ago’s last in quest for a 6th Madrid Open title in the wake of starting the claycourt season by winning an eleventh Monte Carlo Masters and lifting the Barcelona Open trophy for the eleventh time.

Nadal said he was unconscious of the record.

“These minutes I don’t go out there and consider these sort of things. I simply consider my rival, what I need to do to continue going. That is all,” Nadal told a news gathering.

His unbeaten run is likewise maybe an impression of an absence of adversaries, with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, for various reasons, all posturing little danger on dirt over the previous year.

“At the point when my profession is finished, these are things that will be there always,” Nadal said. “They are huge records. It’s hard to have the capacity to win 50 sets in succession. Be that as it may, I’ve done it. It’s finished. How about we not discuss that any more and we should center around what we have ahead.”

Thiem, who outlived Borna Coric 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, is the last player to beat Nadal on earth at Rome a year ago.

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“On this surface, [Thiem] is a standout amongst the most unsafe players you can confront,” Nadal said.

While Nadal walked on, Juan Martin del Potro, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep all slammed out.

World number six Del Potro smashed out of the competition after Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic returned from a set down to beat the Argentine 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).

In the quarter-finals, Lajovic will meet South Africa’s Kevin Anderson who conquered German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (9-7).

Second-seeded Alexander Zverev dismissed Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-2 and will meet John Isner after he edged Pablo Cuevas in a hard-battled coordinate that required sudden death rounds to choose each of the three sets. Isner won 6-7 (9-11), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4) in 2 hours, 21 minutes.

Novak Djokovic’s victor, Kyle Edmund, kept up his solid keep running with an agreeable 6-3, 6-3 prevail upon eighth seed David Goffin. Edmund will confront Denis Shapovalov, who got through his everything Canadian conflict with Milos Raonic, 6-4, 6-4.


Halep lost to Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3, finishing her offer to wind up a three-time back to back champion in Madrid.

Pliskova gave the Romanian zero chance, breaking her serve four times and hitting 20 victors.

“I think I played one of my best matches this year without a doubt, and without a doubt on mud in my life,” the 6th seeded Pliskova said. “I feel astonishing since in the last six matches I lost to her.”

Halep got off to a positive begin by breaking Pliskova for a 2-0 lead, just for the Czech to take the crush right spirit to swing the match to support her.

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“I missed in some critical minutes,” Halep said. “That is the reason it went her direction.”

Pliskova is presently the most astounding positioned player left in the ladies’ draw after Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina and Jelena Ostapenko all lost before in the week.

She will play tenth seeded Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals after she vanquished Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-0.

Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens proceeded with her great week as she went down a third-round prevail upon world number two Wozniacki to beat Sharapova and progress to the last four.

Unseeded Bertens, who achieved the French Open semis two years prior, recuperated from losing the primary set to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 and set up a semi-last with Caroline Garcia who facilitated past nearby cheerful Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-3.

Sharapova is set to move inside the best 40 one week from now and the 31-year-old will be energized by her week’s work, where she gave suggestions she is discovering her cadence.

The Russian landed on the back of four sequential annihilations however three triumphs and the limited misfortune to Bertens proposes she could be a danger at the French Open in the not so distant future.

“It was incredible to get those wins against those players,” said Sharapova, the 2014 champion in Madrid. “Be that as it may, there’s a reason I missed the mark today. You likewise need to assess that and backpedal to the planning phase and begin once again once more.”

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