World number one Rafal Nadal powers through in Madrid

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

Eclipsing McEnroe's winning streak of 49 consecutive sets on clay, Rafael Nadal won 50 sets in a row on the same surface. With the win, Nadal also notched his 21st win on clay as he goes after a sixth Madrid Open title.

The defeat for defending champion Nadal also ended his record run of 50 consecutive sets and means he will be replaced as world number one by Switzerland's Roger Federer when the rankings are published. Federer has made a decision to skip the clay coiurt season.

Lajovic moved on to meet sixth-seeded Kevin Anderson, who eliminated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (7).

Del Potro, however, will not join him in the last eight. "But I have to keep working on them and pray that.and hope that my game will get stronger".

While del Potro faltered against Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic, Sharapova was beaten by Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands on Thursday.

Halep has won her last 15 matches at the Caja Magica - the latest being a 6-1, 6-4 triumph over the other Pliskova twin, Kristyna.

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Rafa cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Diego Schwartzman to advance to the quarterfinals.

"This is what matters and what motivates me and gives me joy: the feeling to be able to play another day in front of the crowd here in Madrid". "I really felt good on the court today", Lajovic said.

The Swissman is now taking a break after dropping out of his appearance in the Miami Open and will be back for Wimbledon to defend his title. "I feel unbelievable since in the last six matches I lost to her". "She deserved to win".

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.

Bertens, meanwhile, will now face France's Caroline Garcia, who eased past Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-3.

Edmund will face Denis Shapovalov, who came through his all-Canadian clash with Milos Raonic, 6-4, 6-4. He will play German Alexander Zverev, who beat Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-4 6-2.

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