Kyle Edmund ‘enjoyed delivering in pressure match’ in Estoril
Kyle Edmund saw off the challenge of Alex de Minaur to secure his place in the quarter-final of the Estoril Open.
The third seed won 6-2, 7-5 in one hour and 37 minutes to set up a clash against Portugal’s Joao Sousa, who beat his compatriot Pedro Sousa 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-5.
Edmund was in complete control as he had built a 4-2 lead in the second set, but the 19-year-old De Minaur fought back and won the next three games to make things interesting.
However, the British No 1 claimed the decisive break in the 11th game and then served it out.
“I felt really good with how I played throughout,” he said. “I faced a tough opponent, who is very resilient. He didn’t give away a lot of points, I had to work for this win. But I enjoyed winning a tough test, delivering in a pressure match.
“I’ve trained with Alex. I know he has a difficult game. He likes to counter-attack and use the pace to deflect.”
American Frances Tiafoe also advanced as he beat last year’s runner-up Gilles Muller 6-4, 7-5.
He will face Italian Simone Bolelli next after the qualifier overcame Argentine Federico Delbonis 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
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