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Paris | Edmund wins for second time

Paris | Edmund wins for second time

It seems that Kyle Edmund has turned the tide on his miserable eight-match losing run as he has now put together two consecutive wins to reach the last 16 at the Rolex Paris Masters

I just had something about me today and exerted my intensity and physicality on him; as the match grew, I got more and more confident Kyle Edmund

Speaking after he broke his wretched run on Tuesday when he beat qualifier Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania, 6-4 6-3, Edmund said: “For a lot of weeks my focus has just been winning my next match. I’ve been through a few disappointing weeks so it’s nice.

“I’m through now, and this was the last tournament of the season, so if you don’t win it’s another two months and a lot of time waiting and thinking for the next match.

“You find out a little bit about yourself and how you react to things. You’re the one that has to get out of the rut, and I was very aware of that.

“I’ve tried very hard not to feel sorry for myself.

Having regained some of his confidence, he showed himself to good effect by following up that win with a superb performance against the 14th seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

The 24-year-old Briton who has dropped to 75 in the world rankings, won 7-5 6-3 in just 77-minutes and will now be able to test his new found confidence against the word No.1 and top seed, Novak Djokovic who in turn, was pushed by the Lucky Loser Corenlin Moutet of France 7-6(2) 6-4.

Edmund has certainly made a case for his inclusion in the Davis Cup team as Leon Smith, the British captain watching courtside, has yet to announce whether it will be the Yorkshireman or Cameron Norrie who gets a ticket to Madrid.

“It was a really good performance,” Edmund said following his Wednesday victory, “Yesterday was more about finding a way and today I was on another level, up a gear, everything was more precise and controlled a lot more.

“I just had something about me today and exerted my intensity and physicality on him; as the match grew, I got more and more confident.

“I was probably thinking about things more yesterday, so today I had a lot more ‘cruise control’ and everything was flowing better.”
Djokovic, playing his first match at Bercy, looked vulnerable before hammering his way past the 20-year-old Moutet who commented after his loss: “The overriding feeling is one of disappointment. I had some opportunities. I gave everything I had, and the fans helped me with that.”

Edmund fans will hope he takes the opportunities which the young Frenchman failed to do to continue his run.


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