Edmund breaks new ground with Istomin win

Australian Open

British No 2 Kyle Edmund claimed an excellent win over Denis Istomin on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career.

After upsetting 11th seed and US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in five sets in the opening round, Edmund had an easier outing in his second match as he won 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

Two breaks of serve helped him to secure the first set in just 26 minutes and Istomin required a medical timeout at the end of the set.

However, there was no let up from Edmund as he broke the man from Uzbekistan, who upset Novak Djokovic in the second round last year, in the first game of the second set and took control of the match.

The 23-year-old eventually secured his place in the third round after one hour and 37 minutes.

“It was a professional performance and doing it quickly will do me good,” said Edmund.

“The plan is to get through, whatever it takes – if it takes three or four hours then so be it, but it’s perfect really.”

Next up for Edmund is world number 61 Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

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