Novak Djokovic ends Kyle Edmund mini-revival to set up Stefanos Tsitsipas clash
Kyle Edmund’s Paris Masters, and therefore season, is over after he lost to world umber one Novak Djokovic on Thursday.
Edmund arrived in the French capital on the back of an eight-match losing streak, but had enjoyed something of a mini-revival to make it to the last 16.
But he came up against formidable opposition in Djokovic, with the 16-time grand slam winner coming through their third-round encounter in style, winning 7-6 (7) 6-1 for his 50th victory of 2019.
Edmund, whose ranking has crashed into the 70s, put up a fight in the first set and will still see this as a positive week as he hopes for a Davis Cup call from captain Leon Smith.
The 24-year-old hurt Djokovic with some fearsome forehand winners early on and saved two set points to send the opener to a tie-break.
He had to save four more in the decider, before the Serbian eventually got the job done to take the set and go in front, seemingly breaking the spirit of Edmund who crumbled in the second.
An early Djokovic break of serve to love set the tone and he powered through six successive games to book a last-16 meeting with Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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