By Ros Satar, in Madrid
- Rafael Nadal def. Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 to break John McEnroe’s 34-year-old record of the longest set streak on any surface in the Open Era
- Faces Diego Thiem in the quarter-final
MADRID, SPAIN – Rafael Nadal’s dominance continued at the Caja Magica continues as he adds another record to his collection.
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Rafael Nadal def. Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4
Rafael Nadal swept to yet another straight sets victory as the men’s quarter-finals line-up was decided. The World No,. 1 has won 14 matches and 30 sets in a row overall, as well as 21 matches and 50 straight sets on clay. His win over Diego Schwartzman means he has now overtaken John McEnroe for the longest set streak on any surface in the Open Era, after McEnroe won 49 straight sets on carpet.
Nadal finishes up as the only Spaniard left at this stage which is the fewest in the 17-year history of the tournament.
He will face Dominic Thiem in the quarter-final after the Austrian came back from a set down to beat Borna Coric. 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 surprise package of the draw, which has now opened up nicely on Nadal’s half, as Dusan Lajovic beat Juan Martin Del Potro in a tense third set tie-break, and he will. Face Kevin Anderson for the chance for a potential shot at the World No. 1.
The ATP Next-Gen is well represented with Kyle Edmund backing up his win over Novak Djokovic with an equally impressive performance against David Goffin. Denis Shapovalov beat idol Milos Raonic to set up another much anticipated clash between the pair
No 2 seed Alexander Zverev has largely flowed under the radar and looked comfortable against Leonardo Mayer, and he will face John Isner once more in a Masters, having been edged for the Miami title by the big-serving American.
The men will kick off the day’s play at 1pm (12pm BST).
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