British No.1 Kyle Edmund has won the biggest title of his career after battling back from a set down to edge out Gael Monfils 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4), at the European Open in Antwerp.
The world No.15, who was the top seed in an ATP tournament for the first time in his career, withstood a big scared from his more experienced French rival. After dropping the opening set, he then lost a 4-1 advantage during the second. Nevertheless, Edmund held his nerve to close it out in a tiebreaker before doing the same in the deciding set.
“I’m obviously very happy. A lot of hard work has gone into this.” An emotional Edmund said following the match.
“This is special. You always remember your first one (winning a title). Gael made me work hard today, that’s for sure. Credit to him. I’m just so happy.”
Playing in his second tour final at the age of 23, Edmund withstood a total of 17 aces that was produced by Monfils. During the match, he claimed 77% of his first service points and saved four out of the six break points he faced. Edmund ends his week in Antwerp losing just two of his service games, which was against Monfils in Sunday’s final.