World number 84 Kyle Edmund got the early upset win at the 2016 US Open by beating Richard Gasquet in straight sets, 6-2 6-2 6-3 in the first round of the Grand Slam tournament in Flushing Meadows, New York.
The 21-year-old Edmund from the United Kingdom will now take on Ernesto Escobedo in the second round.
“I played really well, went about my process and didn’t really worry about who I was playing. I probably played better than I expected today,” Edmund stated to Eurosport.
“I always know in best-of-five sets there’s up and downs and I was obviously riding a high until I got broken in the third set. When I broke him at 3-2, I thought I’d really push it home and take it to him.”
The young Edmund, who was born in South Africa but resides in the UK, reached the second round of the 2015 and 2016 French Open and the 2016 Australian Open. If he wins against Escobedo in the next match, he will reach a career high in a Grand Slam tournament in his career.
If Edmund survives the second round challenge he will likely face 20th seed John Isner of the United States in the next round.
With the first round loss, Gasquet will continue to fall in the world rankings. The French pro was ranked number eight in the world in early 2016 but is now ranked No. 15.
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