There hasn’t been a time for a while where we could say Kyle Edmund is through to round two but at the last Masters 1000 event of the year he is!
His recent run of form had seen him drop down to 75 in the world struggling for wins and confidence in a period which saw him split from his coach Mark Hilton.
Since the split he has had former coach and Davis Cup coach Colin Beecher travelling with him and was also joined by Leon Smith in the stands today. The Great Britain Davis Cup captain does have one spot left in his squad for the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid with it most likely going to Cam Norrie or Kyle Edmund.
It was a cagey start to the match against the qualifier Ricardas Barankis who is from Lithuania.
There was nothing to separate the two players for the opening eight games with neither giving much away.
It was the Brit who stepped up his performance and really began to relax and hit the ball cleanly off both wings as he took the set 6-4.
From two games in a row to seven games in a row. Kyle Edmund quickly found himself a game away from a bagel but the qualifier wasn’t done yet.
A good hold from 15-30 and a break to love from the Lithuanian quickly had us back at 5-2 to Edmund having been two points from the match.
A break of serve to love followed by a hold of serve to love which then added pressure onto Kyle to serve it out.
Finished with a hold to love and a fist pump as he progresses to round two where he will play Diego Schwartzman.