Memorable five-set Aegon GB Davis Cup Team debut for Kyle Edmund ends in defeat to David Goffin


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At 12.30PM a young tennis player walked out onto the court for his Davis Cup debut, 2.5 hours later Kyle Edmund left to a standing ovation having produced a memorable performance to take David Goffin to five sets.

Edmund raced out of the blocks to comfortably take the first two sets of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final at The Flanders Expo in Ghent before Goffin recorded his first victory from two down to win 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 on Day 1. 

Kyle EdmundPicture this. Your 20-years-old and about to make your first outing for the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team in the final against the world No.16 who is unbeaten in the competition this year. Nervous?

Didn't look it! After the opening ceremony which involved live singers, piano playing, the king and queen of Belgium and the national anthems, Edmund made his bow and the thousands of British fans who made the trip where about to witness an hour of very, very special tennis.

An epic 12 minute opening game followed with the youngster saving a couple of break points before sealing the game and finding himself with all the momentum.

Goffin, who was crushed 6-0, 6-1 by Andy Murray in his last match in Paris, couldn’t handle the Edmund forehand and was stunned at the barrage of shots coming his way.

A 1-0 lead quickly became 5-0 and despite the shell-shocked Belgian crawling back to 5-3 the set was in the bag when Edmund fired an ace down the centre.

Kyle EdmundAfter Goffin had taken the first game of the second the Edmund Express fired up to full speed and some brutal hitting saw him rattle of seven games in a row with his opponent twice double faulting when break point down and then set point down.

Not many expected Edmund, who became the first person to make his Davis Cup debut in the Final since Feliciano Lopez for Spain in 2003, to race into a two-sets lead.

It was a big ask though to continue the hot streak of form and Goffin battled back bravely to take a double break early in the third which sparked the lively home crowd into life.

The fourth followed a similar pattern to the third with Edmund winning his opening service game before losing his next three to send us into a nail-biting decider.

Edmund, who won his first round match at the French Open on clay in May and has picked up three ATP Challenger Tour titles this year, gave his all to turn the tide around once more.

Gb fansBut, Goffin showed all his experience to power home the advantage without losing another game and give Belgium a one-nil lead before Andy Murray takes on Ruben Bemelmans. 

Edmund said: “When I do look back, I gave it my best. I was dominating the first two sets. He couldn't get near me.

“I'm disappointed that I couldn't do it for the team, but it's one of the most important experiences I'll have, I think.

“On paper I was not meant to win but on a clay court I believed I could win. I knew I had the game to beat him and I was playing well enough. That's probably why I was upset at the end.”

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