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13 May 2018, 12:53 | Nina Perez
Edmund has only ever met Djokovic on a hard court
The Serb star suffered another early exit at a tournament yesterday, being dumped out by Brit No.1 Kyle Edmund at the Madrid Open.
"I served really well today and got myself out of some tricky situations". "There are positives to take out from this".
Djokovic lost to Martin Klizan in the first round of the Barcelona Open and will have to go back to the drawing board again with the French Open fast approaching after he was second best to Edmund on Manolo Santana.
The pair traded breaks to begin the match before a double fault by Djokovic, now ranked 12th in the world, handed Edmund the initiative.
Edmund's barnstorming forehand wreaked havoc throughout and it was no surprise when the winners tally showed the Briton 30-11 ahead by the time Djokovic sent a final backhand long. "It's something I have to accept, I have to embrace". The Belgian is the better player and considering both players are in good form, it makes sense to side with the more accomplished tennis player.
Djokovic now has 18 days of rest before he will aim to break his poor form as play gets underway at Roland Garros. For example, my match today, I had a breakpoint in the first set, then with 2-0 I had a breakpoint against me. But, in the end, he played a little bit better and was more focused maybe. "Even though they know my game very well, it's still a process".
World number one Rafael Nadal recorded his 20th straight win on clay as he began his quest for a sixth title in Madrid, defeating Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-1.
'It's only the quarter-finals, there are so many good players so it's a tough question, ' Goffin added.
Djokovic is 6-6 since returning at the Australian Open after elbow problems forced him to take a six-month layoff.
In the women's event, meanwhile, there were wins for the top seed and defending champion Simona Halep as well as former world number one Maria Sharapova. I want to do it. "That's where I draw my strength". And as long as I keep going, as long as I love the sport, I'll keep going.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been in entirely different scenarios since a year ago.
"I think he's going step-by-step to be able to recover and be at the category he deserves".
"I don't have any doubt that he's going to be back up at the highest level".
"What Novak did in this sport is fantastic". He will continue doing a lot of great things in the future.
Nadal went up a break at 4-2 in the first set after back-to-back errors by Schwartzman, including a missed smash.
Djokovic will play the Rome Masters, which takes place between 13-20 May.
. He said: "One or two points decide these kind of matches". "Then I had to do surgery".
"It's about being controlled and relaxed and not worrying too much. There are worse things in life".
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