Rafael Nadal looks to seal Madrid Open last-eight spot

Robin Soderling It’s difficult to stay in the Top 10

Robin Soderling It’s difficult to stay in the Top 10

American McEnroe's 49-set winning run came on carpet in 1984 and included him clinching the Madrid Indoor Open title.

The world No. 1 downed Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 in an hour and 44 minutes to advance to the Madrid Open quarter-finals - where he will face Dominic Thiem - and claim a little piece of history in the process.

Nadal, who is looking for a sixth career Madrid Open title, broke Schwartzman in the sixth game of each set and appeared to be on course for a routine win. "But I've done it. Let's not talk about that any more and let's continue on what we have ahead".

"There are obvious things that are not working well for me, But I have to keep working on them and pray that.and hope that my game will get stronger." the 12-time Grand Slam winning Serbian said.

Kyle Edmund followed up his surprise win over Novak Djokovic by defeating world no.10 David Goffin to reach the last eight of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time in his career.

The five-time champion broke for a third time in the second set to seal his victory, converting his third match point as another Monfils groundstroke flew long.

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.

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"Even in the warm-up I felt so good today", Pliskova said.

The number 11 seed, Roberto Bautista Agut joined Djokovic in crashing out of the tournament as he was beaten 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 by German, Phillip Kolhschreiber, while number six seed Kevin Anderson progressed after a few scares with a 5-7, 7-6, 7-5 victory against qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin.

The 31-year-old said there is still a way to go as she gears up for Roland Garros.

Kiki Bertens came from behind to beat Sharapova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

"I missed in some important moments, that's why it went her way but I'm not very disappointed about this match".

France's 7th seed, Caroline Garcia also reached the last four after a 6-2, 6-3 over Carla Suarez Navarro, who Kiki Bertens, who on Wednesday beat No. 2 seed Caroline Woznianki, followed that up with a courageous fight back to beat Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

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