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Edmund delighted to be back on track with a win

 

Marching on: Kyle Edmund will face Diego Schwartzman in the next round in Paris
Marching on: Kyle Edmund will face Diego Schwartzman in the next round in Paris
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By Robert Jones

Kyle Edmund ended an eight-match losing streak in convincing fashion with victory over Ricardas Berankis at the Rolex Paris Masters.

The 24-year-old had lost eight straight matches dating back to a victory over Nick Kyrgios in Montreal in early August, dropping to 75th in the world rankings as a result.

Edmund has not been helped by some difficult draws, but this was a kinder one against Lithuanian Berankis, and the British player used his powerful game to secure a 6-4 6-3 victory.

Edmund took a tight first set with the first break of serve in the 10th game, converting his fourth set point.

He stamped his authority on proceedings at the start of the second set and extended his winning run to seven games to get to 5-0.

Berankis mounted a comeback with three quick games but Edmund played a confident final game to stop the rot.

He said: "For a lot of weeks my focus has just been winning my next match. I've been through a few disappointing weeks so it's nice.

"I'm through now, and this was the last tournament of the season, so if you don't win it's another two months and a lot of time waiting and thinking for the next match.

"You find out a little bit about yourself and how you react to things. You're the one that has to get out of the rut, and I was very aware of that.

"I've tried very hard not to feel sorry for myself."

Edmund's performance also boosted his chances of making the Great Britain team for the Davis Cup finals next month.

Captain Leon Smith, who was courtside, will have to choose between Edmund and Cameron Norrie to be his fifth player in the squad.

Edmund next faces 14th seed Diego Schwartzman.

If Edmund beats Argentina's Schwartzman, then he could meet World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the last-16.

In the first of the round two matches, Russian eighth seed Karen Khachanov suffered a surprise 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 7-5 loss at the hands of unfancied German Jan-Lennard Struff.

The tournament in France features eight of the top-10 players in the world rankings, although World No.3 Roger Federer withdrew from the event on Sunday.

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