Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe’s Record
Rafael Nadal broke John McEnroe’s record for consecutive set wins on a single surface as he moved into the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open. He broke that long unbroken record by winning his 50th consecutive set on clay at the Madrid Open.
Nadal’s straight-sets victory means he establishes a new Open era best for consecutive sets won on a single surface, passing McEnroe’s 49 on carpet in 1984.
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.
Nadal, who is looking for a sixth career Madrid Open title, broke Schwartzman in the sixth game of each set and appeared to be on course for a comfortable win.
World number 16 Schwartzman served up a minor scare by breaking back for 4-4 in the second set, but Nadal responded immediately and closed out for a history- making win.
“When my career is over, these are things that are going to be there forever,” Nadal said.
“They are big records. It’s difficult to be able to win 50 sets in a row. But I’ve done it. It’s over.
“Let’s not talk about that anymore and let’s focus on what we have ahead.”
In the quarter-finals, Lajovic will meet South Africa’s Kevin Anderson who overcame German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 (9-7).
Britain’s Kyle Edmund followed up his surprise win over Novak Djokovic by defeating world No.10 David Goffin to reach the last eight of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time in his career.