I was cold - Real Madrid fan Nadal explains wearing Atletico shirt


World number one Rafael Nadal will continue his quest for sixth Madrid Open title when he squares off with Argentinean tennis star Diego Schwartzman in the last-16 clash of the men's singles event here on Thursday.

"That's all I can do - go out there and do my best".

It was Djokovic's first victory over a top-20 opponent since the Serb overcame Monfils at Eastbourne in June.

Edmund will next play eighth-seeded David Goffin, who defeated Robin Haase 7-5, 6-3.

Despite the fact that it would take a courageous punter to back against Nadal, rising Austrian star Dominic Thiem believes he has the know-how and the tools at his disposal to stop the Spaniard in his tracks on the clay courts.

A win in that match will take Nadal past John McEnroe's record of 49 straight sets won on any surface.

"But I am in a tennis tournament, and think about that, nothing else". I don't think if I had a lot of victories in a row.

Three years later Andy was the Roland Garros semi-finalist once again and he finally advanced into the first ATP final on clay in Munich in 2015, edging Philipp Kohlschreiber in more than three hours to lift his 32nd ATP crown but the first on the slowest surface.

Edmund sealed victory in style, winning the sixth game to love to set up a meeting with former world number one Djokovic for a place in the third round. His served worked great and he broke Nadal when the Spaniard sent a backhand long in the second game to settle into a nice rhythm.

The 31-year-old Russian, who entered the tournament on the back of four consecutive defeats, rallied from 3-1 down before snatching the opening set with a ferocious forehand. But I have to keep working on them and pray that - and hope that - my game will get stronger, get better as the matches go the distance. I beat an opponent who is hard.

"Then I really set up a good opportunity for me to step up".

Unseeded Sharapova will next face last year's finalist Kristina Mladenovic, who edged China's Zhang Shuai 6-4 4-6 6-3. It does me the world of good in lots of ways: confidence, belief.