Nikoloz Basilashvili beats Kyle Edmund, faces Juan Martin del Potro in final

Nikoloz Basilashvili celebrating

Kyle Edmund’s wait for an ATP Tour singles trophy continues after he was beaten in the semi-final of the China Open by Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The fifth-seeded Edmund, whose only other final appearance came at the Estoril Open earlier this year, went down 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 against the Georgian.

After trading breaks in the opening two games of the match, it was Basilashvili who took the tie-breaker. The world No 34 then raced into a 3-0 lead in the second, but Edmund hit back in game nine only for Basilashvili to claim the game-winning break in the next game.

He will face Juan Martin del Potro in the final after the Argentine reached Sunday’s match when Fabio Fognini withdrew from the semi-final due to an ankle injury.

“Of course, I wanted to play with Fabio,” the Argentine said. “I am sad for him because he is a friend… I wish him all the best.”

As for the final against Basilashvili, he added: “[Basilashvili] already won Hamburg. He has big potential, his game is so strong and it is going to be an interesting final.”

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