Edmund secures first Davis Cup win to put Great Britain 1-0 up
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Edmund secures first Davis Cup win to put Great Britain 1-0 up

15 July 2016 / 19:55

Kyle Edmund believes remaining relaxed during the rain delays was key to his first Davis Cup win as he gave Great Britain a 1-0 lead on day one of their quarter-final with Serbia.

Edmund produced a superbly dominant display as he beat former world number eight Janko Tipsarevic 6-3 6-4 6-0 at the Tasmajdan Stadium, in Belgrade.

With Andy Murray taking on a supporting role on the sidelines, Edmund was leading the reigning champions and he didn’t disappoint despite rain stopping play twice.

"To get us off to a good start was great. Each set I really found my game and I was very pleased with my win," Edmund told the BBC.

"We played three games before it rained. I wanted to get the intensity high from the first game back and I managed it when he broke back in the second set. 

"I just tried to relax during the rain breaks. When you go back in it's almost a lull. I had some food and had a shower; it's not hard to switch on and off. 

"It's important to say how important that crowd is and captain Leon Smith is helpful, as is everybody else on the team."

The adverse weather conditions meant it was decided to suspend any more play after the opening match.

That means James Ward will be first up for Great Britain at 11am BST on Saturday when he takes on Dusan Lajovic.

It concluded a dream day for Edmund after it was confirmed he would be going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Read more here.

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