Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Winner Edmund's Left to Fly the Flag for Britain in Paris

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Winner Edmund's Left to Fly the Flag for Britain in Paris

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KYLE Edmund is the last British player standing for the third grand slam running.

The British number one made it through to the third round of the French Open with a four-set win over Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.

After Johanna Konta departed on Sunday, Heather Watson fell by the wayside yesterday morning before Cameron Norrie's run came to an end at the hands of Lucas Pouille.

It leaves Edmund flying the flag on his own in the singles heading into a last-32 clash with Italy's Fabio Fognini.

He said: "It doesn't change your way of thinking or anything.

"If you're the last or the first to go out you're just focusing on your job at hand and getting on with it.

"It's just the way it goes. Unfortunately the nature of British tennis is there is not a whole lot.

"So at some points, people go out and you stay in and it's been like that.

"I have probably been the first to go out of the Brits before and someone else has been on their own." Fucsovics, ranked 45th, came into the contest on a six-match winning streak after claiming his first ATP Tour title in Geneva last week - but lost the first set in just 27 minutes without winning a game.

Edmund had his own slump in the second set when he called the trainer for a problem with the index finger on his right hand, losing the first five games.

The injury is not expected to derail his Roland Garros campaign, however. Edmund explained it was a paper cut.

Nevertheless, the 23-year-old responded well, quickly moving 3-0 ahead in the third, and went on to claim a 6-0 1-6 6-2 6-3 victory after two hours and 16 minutes.

Edmund has never played Fognini, the clay-court specialist who took Andy Murray to four sets at Wimbledon last year.

He added: "Yes, it will be a very tough match, for sure.

"He plays very well on this surface. He's had really good results. …

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