Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Aggressive Edmund Is Left to Fly Flag in New York; Briton Unfazed as the Last Man Standing in Absence of Murray

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Aggressive Edmund Is Left to Fly Flag in New York; Briton Unfazed as the Last Man Standing in Absence of Murray

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Byline: Paul Newman at Flushing Meadows

IT IS not uncommon for British hopes to be left on the shoulders of one player at this stage of a Grand Slam tournament, but instead of Andy Murray it will be Kyle Edmund flying the flag from now on here at the US Open.

After Cameron Norrie and Aljaz Bedene, the two other remaining Britons left in singles, had fallen by the wayside last night, beaten in straight sets by Pablo Carreno Busta and Andrey Rublev respectively, Edmund picked up the baton in impressive fashion to beat Steve Johnson 7-5, 6-2, 7-6. "It's just a shame that a few of us have lost early, and obviously Andy was injured," Edmund said afterwards. "But I guess in another way it's good that there's some more depth in British tennis, so that we're able to have other people go further."

Five days after knocking out Johnson in the quarter-finals of the Winston-Salem Open, 22-year-old Edmund repeated his victory over the American with an assured performance in Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Johnson, who is ranked four places lower than Edmund at No46 in the world, has a similar game to the Briton, based on a powerful serve and a big forehand.

On this occasion, however, there were five breaks of serve in a see-saw opening set. Johnson broke his racket in disgust after dropping his serve to trail 6-5, which gave Edmund the chance to serve out for the first set.

Edmund took immediate command of the second set, going 4-0 up, but the third was much tighter, with no breaks of serve. Edmund went 5-4 ahead in the tie-break when Johnson netted a backhand and closed out his victory with two successive service winners.

The Briton has had a busy summer on the North American hard-court circuit, having reached two semi-finals since Wimbledon. He is now within one win of matching his performance on his debut here 12 months ago, when he reached the fourth round.

"The last two years I've definitely come here and picked up some good form and momentum," Edmund said. …

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