Vienna | Edmund survives into last eight
Kyle Edmund found himself immersed in a three hour battle before secring a place in the quarter finals of the Vienna Open.
Ranked at 63, the British No2 was expected to make light work of the Austrian Dennis Novak who is listed 221 places below him but with the crowd behind him as the underdog, he kept himself in the match with some powerful serving and heavy groundstrokes
. It was only in the final moments that he faltered with some poorly chosen shots to go down 7-6(2) 6-7(7) 7-6(3).
Edmund was broken as he served for the first set, but recovered and managed to win it on the tie-break.
Having then thrown away another break in the second Novak, ranked 284, took the tie-break to level the match and with the match poised to go either way with neither player dropping serve, a deciding tie-break became a necessity
An ill-advised drop shot from Novak which landed tamely into the net gave Edmund the early mini-break and he went on to secure the match and a place in the last eight where he takes on Jan-Lennard Struff, who was also extended by Spain’s Albert Ramos 6-7(5) 6-2 7-6(1)
Elsewhere, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eventually beat Damir Dzhumhur after initially losing the first set. The Frenchman eventually claimed the victory 6-7(5) 7-6(7) 6-1 and will now face Alexander Zverev in the next round.
Diego Schwartzman beat fourth seed Pablo Carreno-Busta 5-7 6-1 6-1 while Ricard Gasqwuet eliminated Dominic Thiem 4-6 7-5 6-1 and Lucas Pouille defeated Guillermo Garci Lopez 6-3 7-6(8)