New York | Edmund recovers to reach semi-finals
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Britain’s current No.3, and the player who replaced him as No.1, were both in action on opposite sides of the pond.
Kyle Edmund reached his first semi-final since June last year, when he outlasted Kwon Soon-woo from Korea to make the last four at the New York Open while Dan Evans crashed out of the Rotterdam event at the quarter-final stage, losing to the defending champion Gael Monfils.
Edmund, seeded eighth in the Big Apple ATP 250 event being staged for a third year, was always a strong favourite against 22-year-old Soon-woo who didn’t make life easy for the Yorkshireman but he was able to overcome the Korean 3-6 6-2 7-6(5) to continues to improve his fitness and form following a poor season last year.
The 25-year-old was broken three times by the world No. 84 after taking an early 2-0 lead to surrender the first set 6-3.
But Edmund rallied and broke his opponents serve twice on his way to levelling the match as he took the second set for the loss of just two games and held out in the decider to claim the match in the tiebreak on his first match point.
Edmund will now take on the sixth seed from Serbia, Miomir Kecmanovic who also had to recover from losing the first set to beat France’s Ugo Humbert 3-6 6-2 6-4.
Meanwhile, British No.1 Dan Evans bowed out of the Rotterdam Open, an ATP 500 event, when he was beaten by Monfils 7-6(5) 6-2.
Evans served for the first set at 5-4 but lost it to love and was then beaten in the tie-break before the Frenchman broke Evans twice to take a 4-0 lead in the second set and holding on to secure a straight sets victory.