Britain's Edmund wins first ATP title in Antwerp

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 24, 2018

1 seed defeated Belarussian qualifier Ilya Ivashka in a walkover to book his place in the final four.

The 23-year-old showed off his serving prowess in the final four to down Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4, setting up a final with Gasquet's compatriot Monfils in Antwerp, Belgium.

Not since 2005, when Greg Rusedski won in Newport, Rhode Island, has a Briton other than Andy Murray won an ATP singles title.

"I know it's a big deal to win your first ATP title, so enjoy it".

Tsitsipas wasn't the only player to claim a breakthrough tournament victory on Sunday with Kyle Edmund defeating Gael Monfils in the European Open final. I didn't start off well and he was a very tough opponent. "A lot of hard work goes into this".

Top seed Edmund, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year, won successive tie-breaks after losing the opening set in just 31 minutes and broke down in tears after clinching victory on his first match point. Monfils dropped to 7-21 in career finals. "So it's just emotional", the world number 15 said.

"It's not just me that puts in the work, there's so many guys behind the scenes - my coaches that are here today, but also those guys back home that have helped me so much throughout the years, my family".

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