First ATP title for Briton

KYLE Edmund defeated Gael Monfils to win his first ATP Tour title at the European Open in Antwerp.

It is the latest breakthrough moment in a season of them for the 23-year-old Yorkshireman, who reached his first grand slam semi-final at the Australian Open in January, becoming British number one and climbing into the world’s top 20.

Edmund struggled with the occasion in his first ATP final in Marrakech earlier this season but held his nerve superbly here, coming from a set down to see off his highly-experienced opponent 3-6 7-6 (2) 7-6 (4).

Edmund had made no secret of his desire to win a title sooner rather than later and he was in tears as he embraced his support team.

He said in an on-court interview: “I’m obviously very happy. A lot of hard work goes into this. So it’s just emotional. You always remember this one. Gael made me work for it today, that’s for sure, so credit to him. I’m just so happy.” – Sportinglife

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