Rafael Nadal breaks record for consecutive sets won with victory in Madrid
11 May, 2018, 05:08 | Author: Delia Walker
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.
"It's hard to be able to win 50 sets in a row", Nadal said.
Nadal moved beyond John McEnroe's total of 49 consecutive sets won on any given surface - a record that has stood for 34 years.
McEnroe also won the Madrid Open Indoor title that year and Nadal may be about to follow suit in the Spanish capital, with Austrian Dominic Thiem up next in the quarter-finals on Friday.
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"When my career is over, these are things that are going to be there for always".
"It's for sure my best win, and definitely one of the best matches I've played", the Serbian said.
"Let's not talk about that any more and let's focus on what we have ahead".
Russian former world No.1 Sharapova has shown only flashes of the play that has earned her five grand slam titles since returning from a doping ban past year.
"You find a new stat", Nadal laughed after being told of the record following his win against Gael Monfils in the previous round.
Lajovic claimed a first victory over a top-10 opponent, the 95-ranked qualifier seeing off fourth seed Del Potro 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).
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.
Halep said: "Today she didn't miss".
But like a true champion, Nadal battled back to get on serve immediately, after which he served out the match.
In the quarter-finals, Lajovic will meet South Africa's Kevin Anderson who overcame German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 (7).
Second seed Zverev showed no signs of tiredness as he cruised past Mayer 6-4 6-2 in only 70 minutes.
Halep, who has won the tournament for the last two years, had looked imperious on her way to the last eight, dropping only nine games in three matches including Wednesday's win against Pliskova's twin sister Kristyna.
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