Edmund marches on to third round of Australian Open after straight sets win

Edmund marches on to third round of Australian Open after straight sets win

17 January 2018 / 07:04

Kyle Edmund needed just 89 minutes to book his place in the third round of the Australian Open following a comprehensive straight sets win over Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.

The British No.2 played some excellent tennis as he brushed Istomin aside 6-2 6-2 6-4 in the Melbourne sun.

World No.60 Istomin caused a major upset 12 months ago when he knocked out six-time champion Novak Djokovic, but there was to be no repeat this time around.

Edmund, ranked 49 in the world, will now play Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in the third round with a place in the quarter final up for grabs.

Edmund said: “It was a professional performance and doing it quickly will do me good.

“The plan is to get through, whatever it takes - if it takes three or four hours then so be it, but it's perfect really.”

Edmund coped well with the testing conditions on a packed court 13 against an opponent he had never previously faced.

He lost just three points behind his first serve in the entire match, breaking serve twice in the first and second sets and once more in the third to win in under an hour and a half.

Istomin called for a medical time out to see to a foot injury but he was already struggling to deal with the pace of Edmund.

Edmund was cheered on by his new Swedish coach Fredrik Rosengren and Davis Cup captain Leon Smith, and he gave the watching British contingent a welcome victory to celebrate on the same court that Heather Watson had been beaten on the day before.

Elsewhere at Melbourne Par the doubles events got under way with success for Jamie Murray as he and Bruno Soares look to reclaim the title they won in 2016.

The Brit and his Brazilian partner recovered from losing the first set to seal a 5-7 6-4 6-4 victory over America's Donald Young and Frances Tiafoe.

But there was disappointment for the other Brits in action as London 2012 mixed doubles silver medallist Laura Robson exited the women's doubles in the first round - losing in straight sets to Katarina Srebotnik and Hao-Ching Chan.

While all-British pair Naomi Broady and Anna Smith went down 6-2 6-1 to Czech duo Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova.

Sportsbeat 2018

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