Nadal breaks McEnroe record

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Also, Dusan Lajovic fought back from 0-4 in the decisive tiebreaker to stun fourth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) for his first career win against a top-10 ranked player. Schwartzman had to play against the break points in the very first game of the match, fending off the first with a service victor and the second when Nadal netted a forehand to avoid an early setback.

Rafael Nadal has broken John McEnroe's record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface in Thursday's victory over Diego Schwartzman in the third round of the Madrid Open.

I've played a really good match.

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Nadal, who is looking for his sixth Madrid Open title, will now face Austria's Dominic Thiem in the quarters on Friday.

The King of Clay broke John McEnroe's 34 year old record for the most number of consecutive sets won on any surface, moving to 50 in a row on the red stuff. "But I've done it. Let's not talk about that any more and let's continue on what we have ahead".

British number one, Kyle Edmund pulled off major surprise when he upset former World No. 1, Novak Djokovic in three sets 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to book a third round match against David Goffin.

The 23-year-old broke his Belgian opponent's serve twice in the opening set and once in the second, to seal a 6-3, 6-3 victory in an hour and 12 minutes.

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In the quarter-finals, Lajovic will meet South Africa's Kevin Anderson who overcame German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 (7).

While Nadal marched on, the top women's players continued to struggle after top-ranked Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova both lost in the quarterfinals.

"I managed my game very well", the Briton said.

Halep said: "Today she didn't miss. I will just keep going with it". I am not saying that it's not important, but what is important is I made it to the third round of this tournament.

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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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