Edmund Moves On In New York
Eighth seed Kyle Edmund opened his week in style at the New York Open, holding the lead throughout his 7-5, 6-4 victory on Tuesday against Japanese Yasutaka Uchiyama.
The Brit won 86 per cent (30/35) of his first-serve points en route to prevailing in one hour and 44 minutes. Awaiting Edmund in the second round is German Dominik Koepfer, who defeated Canadian Brayden Schnur 7-5, 6-4. Schnur finished runner-up last year in New York (l. to Opelka).
Aussie Jordan Thompson weathered a dangerous test by moving past big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-6(2) to reach the second round. Next up for Thompson is another gentle giant on Tour when he meets top-seeded American John Isner, who defeated him in the quarter-finals last year at this event.
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Trailing by a set and 1-4, Italian Paolo Lorenzi rallied to win the last 11 games and prevail 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in his all-qualifier battle with Serbian Danilo Petrovic. The 38-year-old will face another Serbian when he takes on #NextGenATP star and sixth seed Miomir Kecmanovic for a place in the quarter-finals.
South Korean Soonwoo Kwon prevailed in a lengthy 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3 first-round battle with Japanese qualifier Go Soeda. His reward is a clash with second-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic. Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka started his week with a 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 win over Swiss Henri Laaksonen. The 24-year-old earned the right to meet third-seeded American and defending champion Reilly Opelka in the next round.