Kyle Edmund picks up first victory since August as former British No 1 eases past Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis at Paris Masters
- Kyle Edmund ended a losing streak extending back to early August on Tuesday
- The former British No 1 beat experienced Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis
- He has now set up a meeting against Argentinian Diego Schwartzmann in Paris
Kyle Edmund admitted that his first win since early August had lifted a stifling burden after he emphatically stemmed his eight-match losing streak to make the second round of the Paris Masters.
The former British number one, who has gone down to 75 in the world, defeated experienced Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-3 to set up a meeting with Argentinian number one Diego Schwartzmann.
‘When the wins aren’t coming everything feels a bit harder and each time you lose you are wanting that win that little bit extra, so it becomes more of a big deal. I played one bad game today when I served for it at 5-1 and it was a good feeling at the end.
Kyle Edmund returned to winning ways with a straight sets win at the Paris Masters on Tuesday
‘It feels like time is going a bit slower when you are losing because there aren’t many matches and you are training all the time. I’ve kept working hard in my practice, I’ve been of the mindset that nobody is going to feel sorry for you, I am the one who has to make it happen. It won’t happen with me just lying on the couch.
‘I could have shut the season down early but I wanted to carry on and getting this result will really help me going into next year.’
Edmund confirmed that, as revealed in Sportsmail, he has been in contact with Argentinian coach Franco Davin – former mentor to Juan Martin Del Potro and recently to Fabio Fognini – about working together in 2020 and that he will be doing some trial sessions after this tournament is over.
‘He is someone I have been in touch with but I’ve had a conversation with someone else as well,’ Edmund said. ‘My focus is having someone in the pre-season and trialling with them for next year.
‘At this stage of my career I’m keen to have someone with experience who has been with other players, perhaps I need that more than a younger guy at the moment. But I want to focus on this week, there didn’t seem any point in bringing in anyone just for this event.’
The former British No 1 defeated experienced Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-3
Playing on the small and austere secondary court inside the Bercy Arena against the world number 70, he struggled to impose his game on Berankis until 5-4 in the first set, when he concluded a marathon game by breaking his opponent on a fourth set point.
In the second he displayed his superior firepower, notably with some searing backhands down the line, to race to a 5-0 lead. Serving with new balls at 5-1 he was broken to love, but then made no mistake at the second time of asking, this time rattling off four straight points.
He could potentially meet Novak Djokovic in the third round.
Edmund also said that he had one eye on the Davis Cup finals next month, with one position in the GB team still available.
‘Four guys have been picked and from what Leon (Smith, the Captain) has told me it’s me or Cam (Norrie) for the last spot, but ultimately that won’t be my decision.’