Kyle Edmund sets up China Open quarter-final after squeezing past Matteo Berrettini

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British No 1 Kyle Edmund is through to the quarter-finals of the China Open after a hard-fought three-set victory against Matteo Berrettini.

Edmund overcame the Italian qualifier 7-5 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 in Beijing. He made the perfect start by breaking Berrettini’s opening service game but immediately lost his own serve before securing a decisive break to take the first set.

The 23-year-old could not threaten Berrettini’s serve as easily in the next set and had to save break points in the third and seventh games as it went to a tiebreak, which the Italian won comfortably.

The deciding set was also close as both players dominated with their serve. Edmund made the vital breakthrough at 5-5 with a break but had to save another break point before serving out the victory.

Edmund will face another qualifier Dusan Lajovic in the last eight after the Serb knocked out third seed Grigor Dimitrov.

 

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