Novak Djokovic stunned by Kyle Edmund at Madrid Open

Ruben Hill
May 9, 2018

The unseeded Edmund lost his three previous meetings with the 12-time grand slam champion without winning a set, but bossed the first and claimed the only break of the third to set up a showdown with David Goffin.

British number one Kyle Edmund beat 12-time Grand Slam victor Novak Djokovic in three sets to reach the third round of the Madrid Open tennis tournament.

In his best display since reaching the Australian Open semi-finals in January, Edmund weathered a mid-match resurgence from the Serb to come through 6-3 2-6 6-3 and move to within touching distance of the world's top 20.

Djokovic improved during the second - breaking Edmund's serve on two occasions - and the 12-time Major victor had the momentum heading into the decider.

Djokovic was much improved in the second set and and immediately broke to take control and the fact that he only recorded three unforced errors showed just how hard he still can be to play against.

Edmund made the ideal start with a break of serve in the opening game of the match and although Djokovic immediately hit back, Edmund broke twice more to take the first set.

"It was a great experience to beat Novak, he is a legend of the game", Edmund told Sky Sports.

Edmund would have been forgiven for shakiness as he served for the biggest scalp of his career although he showed pure steel forcing Djokovic into errors with three booming serves which sandwiched a wonderful forehand. "It's time to try and beat these guys and I was pleased how I managed my game".

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