Cincinnati | Edmund falls to teenager
Britain’s No.1 Kyle Edmund suffered a straight sets defeat at the hands of 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Edmund was defeated 6-4 7-5 by his Canadian opponent in one hour, 53-minutes and following Andy Murray’s loss, leaves the event with no British interest.
The 23-year-old held off five break points in the first set but failed to take advantage of his own break opportunities and eventually lost his serve in the final game.
He then failed to recover in the second set as his serve lost its bight and was broken in the opening game to give his teenage opponent a 2-0 lead.
The Brit fought back and managed to level the score at 4-4, and 5-5.
Shapovalov produced a series of impressive backhands and despite needing four match points, ultimately broke Edmund’s serve to advance to the third round on his tournament debut.
It was the Canadian’s fourth win in six meetings with the Briton.
In other action, Roger Federer, playing for the first time since Wimbledon, eased to a 6-4 6-4 win over Peter Gojowzcyk in 72-minutes.
Earlier in the second round, 16th seed Lucas Pouille – who had knocked out Andy Murray – lost 7-6(7) 6-4 to Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.
Number 15 seed Nick Kyrgios overcame a knee problem in his first-round match against American Denis Kudla as the Australian, having initially forgotten to take his trainers on court, battled through 6-7(2) 7-5 7-6 (9) in just over two hours.
The 11th-seeded Belgian David Goffin, recorded a 7-5 6-3 win over last week’s Ginat killing Greek, Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Dominic Thiem, the eighth seed, withdrew with illness and was replaced in the draw by lucky loser Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
Elsewhere, there were also first-round wins for Canada’s Milos Raonic, Dutchman Robin Haase and veteran German Mischa Zverev.
American Jack Sock, though, saw his hopes ended by a 2-6 6-1 6-2 defeat against Hyeon Chung of South Korea.