Vienna | Verdasco stops Edmund’s run
Fernando Verdasco brought Kyle Edmund’s winning run came to an end when he defeated the new Antwerp champion in the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.
The British No.1 defeated Diego Schwartzman in the first round but the Spanish veteran proved just the stronger in a close encounter, winning 6-4 3-6 6-3 after one-hour and 56-minutes.
Verdasco, who like Edmund has had a fine season, had the better of three breaks to start the match and held on to take the opening set.
Edmund hit back well, breaking serve at the start of the second and levelling the match, but one break proved the difference in the decider allowing Verdasco to move through to a quarter-final against Gael Monfils who in turn beat the fourth seeded John Isner 6-4 6-4.
Edmund now heads to Paris for the final Masters tournament of the season.
In other matches the Austrian top seed Dominic Thiem beat American Sam Querrey 6-4 6-4 and Japan’s Kei Nishikori won 6-2 6-2 against Russian Karen Khachanov.