Kyle Edmund loses debut ATP final

British number one Kyle Edmund wasn’t able to claim his first ever ATP tour title, after being outplayed and outclassed by Spain’s Pablo Andujar at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech.

Edmund, who was a semi finalist at the Australian Open, lost 6-2 6-2 in a final that lasted just 83 minutes. The Brit struggled from the start and failed to hold serve in his opening three games, falling 1-4 behind. His opponent, ranked number 355 in the world following recent injuries, was far better than his world ranking suggested and controlled the rallies throughout as Edmund struggled to find his rhythm.

After taking the opening set on a net cord, the Spaniard raced into a 3-1 lead in the second set after breaking Edmund’s opening service game. Edmund struggled on serve throughout the match and Andujar was able to take advantage, taking a second break with a sublime volley to lead 4-1.

The pair then exchanged break points, before the Spaniard saved two further break points to serve out to win his first title since 2014.

Despite the result, it was a good week for Edmund who has struggled for form since his breakthrough run at the Australian Open. He will now head to Monte Carlo, where he faces Italian Andreas Seppi in the opening round.

Kyle Edmund
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