Madrid Open: Kyle Edmund beats David Goffin in last 16

Kyle Edmund in the first round of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open 2018

Novak Djokovic's torrid 2018 continued as he exited the Madrid Open in the second round following defeat to Brit Kyle Edmund. The Spanish player defeated French Guy Gael Monfils 6-3 6-1. When things are not going so well, then everything seems more hard. It got me through easy games and also got me out of some tricky situations.

And it follows his poor performances at the Indian Wells Masters, Miami Open and Barcelona Open. The former world No.1 has not played a competitive match since Wimbledon last summer and aborted comeback attempts at the US Open and Australian Open in January after which he had surgery in Melbourne.

"One or two points decide really these kind of matches". "Luck was on his side a little bit".

He contrasted Edmund's risk-taking - the ability to be "courageous enough to attack the balls when it mattered" - with the way he dealt with some of the pivotal points in the match, particularly in the final set.

The Frenchman looked to have a valid argument, but his complaints seemed only to antagonize the defending champion, who produced some brutal hitting to race through the second set.

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Evidently confident, the Yorkshireman broke twice in the first set and then crucially held off two break points at the start of the second to stay on even terms.

If Edmund could choose a surface to play Djokovic on it would definitely be clay. "I managed to play the right shots in the important moments", Djokovic said. I knew I was playing well so it was just obviously try and do more of the same today with a slightly different opponent'. That game in the third set was very key.

Belgian David Goffin, whom Edmund lost to during Britain's run to Davis Cup glory in 2015, now awaits in the last 16. I was happy with it. "It was a very solid match in all aspects". The 36-year-old Lopez will be the tournament director in Madrid beginning next year.

Edmund for his part was at his imposing best in a 6-4, 6-0 win over the young Russian Daniil Medvedev in their first round match yesterday.

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. Although the Serb did look mightily impressive in round one, I suspect he may have a hard time backing up that kind of supreme performance. It is the second successive event the former world No.1 has pulled out of having also decided not to play in Madrid this week.

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