Kyle Edmund defeats Andy Murray to win battle of the Brits

Shahida Jacobs
Kyle Edmund shouting

Kyle Edmund ended Andy Murray’s Nature Valley International journey with a straight-set win on Wednesday.

The British No 1 beat the three-time Grand Slam winner 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 41 minutes at Eastbourne.

Edmund was in the driving seat right from the word go as he broke Murray in the opening game of the match and wrapped up the set in 46 minutes.

The 23-year-old then claimed back-to-back breaks in games five and seven of the second set and, although Murray got one break back, Edmund served it out.

Wild card Cameron Norrie won the other all-British last-16 tie as he beat lucky loser Jay Clarke 6-4, 6-3.

Norrie will have an easier than expected quarter-final as he will face Lukas Lacko for a place in the semi-finals after the Slovakian stunned top seed Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Third seed Denis Shapovalov advanced, but he didn’t have it all his own way as he was taken the distance by Jared Donaldson, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Fourth seed Marco Cecchinato, who reached the semi-final of the French Open earlier this month, also came through a tough three-setter, beating Denis Istomin 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

It was a mixed day for the seeds though as the fifth-ranked Leonardo Mayer suffered a 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-4) defeat at the hands of John Millman, sixth seed David Ferrer was beaten 6-2, 6-0 by Mikhail Kukushkin and the seventh-ranked Steve Johnson was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Mischa Zverev.