ATP Madrid: Rafael Nadal counts to 50, breaking another Open era record

ATP Madrid: Rafael Nadal counts to 50, breaking another Open era record

The last time Nadal had dropped a set on clay was previous year in Madrid when playing in the round of 32 against Fabio Fognini.

Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe's 34-year-old record for successive set wins on a single surface with victory over Diego Schwartzman in the Madrid Open.

In another men's singles clash, Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic will take on Israel's Denis Shapovalov for a last-eight berth, while fifth-seed Dominic Thiem of Austria will lock horns with Croatia's Borna Coric.

"When my career is over, these are things that are going to be there forever", Nadal said. But I've done it. Let's not talk about that any more and let's continue on what we have ahead, " he said. 1 has won 14 matches and 30 sets in a row overall, as well as 21 matches and 50 straight sets on clay.

While new records are always just around the corner, the world No. 1 is focused on titles. Two more sets and he would eclipse John McEnroe's record of 49 straight sets on any one surface. Although Nadal's head to head of 6-2, the pair have only ever met on the clay, with Thiem managing the wins in Buenos Aires (2016) and in Rome (2017).

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.

Halep lost to Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3, ending her bid to become a three-time consecutive champion in Madrid.

Prior to the match, Nadal had brushed off the significance of overtaking McEnroe's total against the Argentine.

But while the world number one cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Diego Schwartzman, Juan Martin del Potro, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep all crashed out.

Lajovic is up against South African sixth seed Kevin Anderson next, who defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-6 (7) earlier in the day. I am not saying that it's not important, but what is important is I made it to the third round of this tournament.

"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.

Second seed Zverev showed no signs of tiredness as he cruised past Mayer 6-4 6-2 in only 70 minutes.

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