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Edmund Ends Streak In Brisbane

Britain’s Kyle Edmund is through to the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp quarter-finals after a 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-4 win over #NextGenATP champion Hyeon Chung on Thursday.

Edmund snapped the six-match winning streak of his opponent in two hours and 38 minutes to reach the quarter-finals in Brisbane for a second consecutive year.

Kyle Edmund defeated Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung on Thursday at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp.
The British No. 2 looked to be on top in the opening stages, creating three break point opportunities in the sixth game, but Chung stormed back to hold serve before taking a 3/1 lead in the first set tie-break. Not to be disheartened, Edmund rallied, reeling off six consecutive points to snatch the set away from the 21-year-old.

Despite finding himself 1-3 down in the second set, the reigning #NextGenATP Finals champion got back to 3-3 and took full advantage of a break point in the 12th game to level proceedings 7-5. But it was Edmund who regained the initiative again in the decider.

“He got a lot of momentum at the end of the second and broke me twice pretty quickly,” said Edmund. “So it was a good third set. I made an effort to really try and step up the intensity and energy and put some pressure on him.

“It was good because the way I was serving in that third set, I knew if I got a break I was going to have a very good chance at holding out.”

The Brit broke in the seventh game for a 4-3 lead and, after missing two match point chances on Chung’s serve, served out the final set 6-4, with the help of three aces, to reach the quarter-finals in Brisbane. With both players at a similar stage in their careers, Edmund was keen to reflect on what might be one of many great rivalries for him in the future.

“With my last match against Denis (Shapovalov) and today, these guys I’ll play them a lot more, because they're around my age, for the next 10 to 12 years,” said Edmund.

Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin built on his upset win in the opening round to eliminate American Jared Donaldson 7-6(5), 6-2. Donaldson had served for the first set at 6-5 but ultimately, his lower-ranked opponent fought back, breaking to 30 and taking the opener in the tie-break.

The World No. 63 improved further from that point, breaking his opponent in both the third and seventh games before serving out to love to reach his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since a title run last September at the Chengdu Open.

Istomin will be joined in the quarter-finals by another American, after Ryan Harrison edged out lucky loser Yannick Hanfmann 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2. After losing the first set on a tie-break, Harrison increased the level of his game in the second and third sets with a fine serving performance, including 11 aces, to prove too much for the 26-year-old German.


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