Britain's Kyle Edmund beats Novak Djokovic — Madrid Open

Kyle Edmund weighs up if clay will work in his favour against Novak Djokovic

Kyle Edmund landed another blow on Novak Djokovic by beating the former world number one for the first time in the second round of the Madrid Open.

The Serb's disappointing year continued as he slumped to a 3-6, 6-2, 3-6 defeat.

"Look, there are obvious things that are not working well for me", the 12-times grand slam champion said.

"But I have to keep working on them and pray that - and hope that my game will get stronger, get better as definitely as the matches, you know, go the distance".

Djokovic lost in the third round in Monte Carlo and in the second round in both Miami and Indian Wells. 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", Djokovic said.

Djokovic believes the margins were slim and concludes that "luck was on his side a little bit". Edmund was changing direction off the backhand wing easily and that allowed him to race off to a rapid start in the second set.

Edmund made the flawless start to his match as he broke Djokovic in the opening game. It's just a really good win for me. I try to always remind myself and be grateful for that. That game in the third set was very key.

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The British player will now face the eighth seed Belgium David Goffin in the third round.

Nadal improved to 17-1 overall on the season with his win over the 41st-ranked Monfils.

"That's all I can do - go out there and do my best". "It was a very solid match in all aspects".

Top-ranked Nadal is due to make his tournament debut against Gael Monfils, who defeated qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. The 36-year-old Lopez will be the tournament director in Madrid beginning next year.

Coric fought back from 4-3 down to win five straight games en route to a second straight victory over the Spaniard, who he also beat at the Qatar Open earlier this year.

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.

"I don't care when I hear someone saying that he doesn't train enough because I know what he does and I see how he works".

Women (second round): Kristyna Pliskova bt Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-5, 6-2; Carla Suarez Navarro bt Elina Svitolina 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4; Garbine Muguruza bt Donna Vekic 2-6, 6-4, 6-1; Bernarda Pera bt Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3.

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