Kyle Ed­mund crashes out of Madrid Open

The Sunday Guardian - - Sports -

MADRID: `Kyle Ed­mund’s im­pres­sive run at the Madrid Open came to an an­gry end as he was beaten by Cana­dian teenager De­nis Shapo­valov in their quar­ter-fi­nal clash.

Ed­mund, who had con­quered No­vak Djokovic and David Goffin in the pre­vi­ous rounds, lost his cool to­wards the end of a tight sec­ond set when he stopped af­ter a spec­ta­tor called out, and Shapo­valov pro­ceeded to serve an ace. The in­ci­dent tem­po­rar­ily af­fected Ed­mund, who had to sub­se­quently save a match point to force a de­cid­ing set, in which he even­tu­ally fell to exit the tour­na­ment 7-5 6-7 (6/8) 6-4.

Ed­mund had ac­quit­ted him­self against a player rated as one of the game’s ris­ing stars, swap­ping breaks early in the first set be­fore a sloppy fi­nal ser­vice game saw the British num­ber one fall be­hind.

A tight sec­ond set burst into life in the 10th game af­ter the in­ci­dent which saw Ed­mund en­gage in a fu­ri­ous ex­change with the um­pire over a point he con­sid­ered could have cost him the match.

But Ed­mund showed admirable poise to edge through the even­tual sec­ond set tie-break be­fore Shapo­valov grabbed what turned out to be the cru­cial break in the third game of the de­cider. Nev­er­the­less the 23-year-old Ed­mund gave his all in what was his first Mas­ters 1000 quar­ter-fi­nal, and he can ex­pect to be re­warded with a place in the top 20 for the first time when the new rank­ings ap­pear on Mon­day. THE IN­DE­PEN­DENT

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