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Shanghai | Edmund keeps rising

Shanghai | Edmund keeps rising

British number one Kyle Edmund has reached a career-high 14th in the ATP world rankings following his run into the semi-finals at Beijing last week.

His rise up the rankings this year has been steady having started the year at 50.

On this occasion he has moved up two spots having now hopefully fully recovered from an illness which has blemished recent results prior to Beijing where he lost to the eventual champion Nikolaz Basilashvili.

The 23 year-old arrived in Shanghai for the penultimate Master Series event of the year, and, seeded 11, came through a tough opener against Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-3.

Edmund was 4-2 and break point down in the first set when the umpire accepted a late challenge to a line call in his favour.

He took the game before leveling at 4-4 and went on to take the opening set.

Edmund eventually beat the world number 35 after 91-minutes and will play Italian Andres Seppi in the next round.

Elsewhere, Wimbledon and US Open champion Novak Djokovic, who was given a bye into the second round, beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3 7-5.

World number three Djokovic had not lost to 41st-ranked Chardy in their previous 11 meetings and rarely looked like suffering his first defeat against him.

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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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