Paris | Great fightback by Edmund
On the day that he secured a new four-year sponsorship deal with Nike, Kyle Edmund opened his Paris Masters challenge with a three-set victory over Evgeny Donskoy in which he saved a match point in what was a fine fightback.
The British No 3 arrived in the French capital having reached his third ATP Tour semi-final in Vienna last weekend and this 5-7 7-6(7) 6-3 victory will go some way to him ending the year in the top 50.
Edmund recovered from 0-3 only to lose the first set on a cruel net cord and then found himself in big trouble after losing the opening three games of the second set to a player ranked 26 places lower.
But history repeated itself as Edmund recovered for 3-3 and then produced a fine serve to save a Donskoy match point at 6-7 in the tie-break.
He eventually took it 9-7 and carried his momentum into the decider, turning the tables by winning the first three games and clinching victory on his third match point.
His next opponent is the 16th seeded Jack Sock who will no doubt, provide him with some headaches.
Pablo Carreno Busta and Sam Querrey, two players in contention for a place at the ATP Tour World Finals had their hopes crushed by suffering early defeats. The big serving American Querrey surprisingly lost in 69-minutes to the Serb Filip Krajinovic 6-4 6-4 while the Spaniard Carreno Busta who is in the eighth slot for London, was defeated by the French favourite Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-4 after 76-minutes of play.
Kevin Anderson, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Juan Martin del Potro and Lucas Pouille are now strongly placed to snatch that eighth pot.
In other matches Dominic Tiemk, the fifth seed, prevailed two hours and 6-minutes against lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk 6-4 6-7(3) 6-4 while qualifier Borna Coric triumphedover Jan-Lennart Struff in 69-minutes.
Also though are Pablo Cuevas, Jaoa Sousa, Diego Schwartzman, Adran Mannarino, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez.