Marrakech | Edmund reaches his first ATP Final
British No1 Kyle Edmund has reached his first ATP World Tour final when he defeated France’s Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 at the Marrakech Open clay court tournament
The 23-year-old, ranked 26 in the world, will face experienced Spaniard Pablo Andujar for the title on Sunday.
Edmund, who went all the way to the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January, has earlier seen off Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-2 6-1 when they played their quarter-final which had been held over from the Friday due to rain.
Andujar, the tournament champion in 2011 and 2012 when it was played in Casablanca, was also required to play through two matches on the same day beating Alexey Vatutin of Russia 6-4 5-7 6-3 before then easing past Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-4 6-4 to make the final.
“I didn‘t expect to be in the final as I’m just coming back from injury,” the 33-year-old Andujar who has slipped down to 355 in the world having once been a tp 40 player, said.
“It will a tough final against Kyle, he’s an excellent player. I’m a bit tired right now, but very much looking forward to the final and very happy with my two wins today.”