Emotional Edmund clinches maiden ATP title in Antwerp

22/10/2018

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Kyle Edmund defeats Gael Monfils to capture his maiden ATP Tour title in Antwerp

Kyle Edmund secured his first ATP title in emphatic style, with a three set victory over Gael Monfils at the European Open in Antwerp.

The British No. 1 came from a set down to beat the world number 38 in two hours and 27 minutes, winning 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4).

Earlier in the week, top seed Edmund had overcome another Frenchman and 2016 Champion Richard Gasquet, to set up his battle against Monfils. It was only Edmund’s second time in a final and the victory means he now matches his career-best of No.14.

A lot of hard work goes into this, so it’s just emotional. 

Speaking on court after the match, an emotional Edmund said: “I’m obviously very happy. A lot of hard work goes into this, so it’s just emotional. Gael made me work for it today, that’s for sure, so credit to him. I’m just so happy.”

"I've been playing well this week, so I knew I had a really good chance, but after going down in the first set, you always have to stay positive, re-evaluate and see how the match is going. So it was good to turn the match and just keep at it, not panic and just trust that your opportunity will come." 

"It's the final, so you just give everything you've got," Edmund said. "At the end of the day, it's not really about how you play, it's about getting the result in the final, which is what I've got."

Next up for Edmund is the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna, later this week. With three places at the Nitto ATP Finals still up for grabs, the Brit will be full of confidence heading to the Austrian capital as he battles against the likes of Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori in the Race For London.

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