Edmund brushes Gasquet aside to make European Open final

Edmund brushes Gasquet aside to make European Open final

20 October 2018 / 21:18

Kyle Edmund is not interested in exorcising any demons and is solely focussed on defeating Gael Monfils in a European Open final showdown.

The 23-year-old showed off his serving prowess in the final four to down Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4, setting up a final with Gasquet’s compatriot Monfils in Antwerp, Belgium.

Edmund, top seed at the European Open, has defeated Albert Ramos Vinolas, Ilya Ivashka in a walkover and Gasquet without dropping a set to make a second tour-level championship final of his career.

The Brit racked up 16 aces to Gasquet’s five in a clinical 77-minute performance from the British No. 1, who admitted he felt in good form. 

"I served well. When I needed my serve it got me out of trouble and also got me some free points," said Edmund.

This is Edmund’s second career ATP final having made the Grand Prix Hassan II showpiece in Morocco, in April.

That final - on clay - didn’t go according to plan as the Brit lost to Pablo Andujar 6-2 6-2 and Edmund will certainly hope things are different this time around.

But Edmund isn’t focussed on avenging that defeat earlier this year with the world No. 15 hoping to get the better of Monfils, who beat Diego Schwartzman in the final four to make Sunday’s contest.

"Of course, I would like [my final experience] to be different this time," said Edmund. "But I can't think about the end result.

“I have to think about the process of winning a tennis match against a very good player."

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