World number one Rafa Nadal set a new record of winning 50 consecutive sets on a single surface by beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Madrid Open quarter-finals.
Rafael Nadal's remarkable run on clay showed no sign of stopping at the Madrid Open on Tuesday as he beat Gael Monfils 6-3 6-1 in the second round.
Schwartzman was pretty much powerless on the return in the opening three games of the second set (Nadal has won 27 out of 33 points since that break point that Diego earned) and Rafa broke him in the fifth game after a forehand down the line victor, moving closer to the finish line and to another record.
"When my career is over, these are things that are going to be there for always". "It was a very solid match in all aspects". "Well, it's done. It's over. But I've done it. Let's not talk about that any more and let's continue on what we have ahead".
He will play Austria's Dominic Thiem on Friday for a place in the last four. Two more sets and he would eclipse John McEnroe's record of 49 straight sets on any one surface.
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.
The thrilling match went deep into the third and was still anyone's at 6-6 in the tiebreaker.
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Isner prevailed 6-7 (9), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) in 2 hours, 21 minutes.
It was not a vintage Nadal performance early on but he once again had too much for Monfils, registering a 14th win over the flamboyant Frenchman.
Schwartzman made an impressive start to the match, surviving a couple of break points on his first service game before setting up an opportunity of his own.
There was a gasp when Nadal missed a straightforward forehand early in the second set and a roar when Schwartzman put away a rasping forehand victor down the line, but the "King of Clay" broke to lead 3-2 with a thunderous effort.
In the men's draw, Juan Martin del Porto led 4-0 in a third-set tie-break but still lost to Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic.
In the quarter-finals, Lajovic will meet South Africa's Kevin Anderson who overcame German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 (7). Edmund, an unseeded Brit, defeated former No. 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Wednesday.