Sports Digest: Nadal wins 50th straight set on clay to set record

Marcus Newton
May 11, 2018

Nadal has now won 21 matches in a row on clay since Thiem beat him in the last eight at the Internazionali d'Italia 12 months ago. "Well, it's done. It's over".

World number six Juan Martin del Potro crashed out of the tournament after Serbia's Dusan Lajovic came back from a set down to beat the Argentine 3-6 6-4 7-6 (6) in the third round. "Let's not talk about that any more and let's continue on what we have ahead which is what I am concerned about".

The women's defending champions and top seed, Simona Halep brushed past qualifier Krystina Pliskova 6-1, 6-4 in just 75 minutes, but the second seed Caroline Wozniacki surprisingly lost 6-2, 6-2 to Kiki Bertens, who is now ranked 21st in the world.

Russian former world No.1 Sharapova has shown only flashes of the play that has earned her five grand slam titles since returning from a doping ban previous year. After that break point he faced in the third game Nadal was untouchable on serve and he dropped just three points behind his initial shot by the end of the set to clinch it 6-3 with a service victor in that ninth game.

The thrilling match went deep into the third and was still anyone's at 6-6 in the tiebreaker.

Halep said: "Today she didn't miss".

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Edmund will next face Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov, who achieved a 6-4, 6-4 win over compatriot Milos Raonic.

Pliskova gave the Romanian no chance, breaking her serve four times and hitting 20 winners.

I don't say I don't care because better to have these kind of things than don't have it. "I feel fantastic since in the last six matches I lost to her". EPA-EFE/KIKO HUESCAFrance's Kristina Mladenovic in action during her women's third round single match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain, 09 May 2018.

But like a true champion, Nadal battled back to get on serve immediately, after which he served out the match. "That's why it went her way".

She will play 10th-seeded Petra Kvitova in the semifinals after she defeated Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-0.

Second seed Zverev showed no signs of tiredness as he cruised past Mayer 6-4 6-2 in only 70 minutes. She will play seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia after she dispatched with Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-3.

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