By Ros Satar
- Denis Shapovalov [Q] def. Kyle Edmund 3-6 6-3 6-3 1-0 RET
- Edmund had played 10 matches in 14 days
NEW YORK, USA – Singles hopes faded with Kyle Edmund as he had to retire in his much-anticipated match up with Denis Shapovalov.
Denis Shapovalov [Q] def. Kyle Edmund 3-6 6-3 6-3 1-0 RET
In what has become a wide open contest it was a perfect opportunity for the British No. 2 Kyle Edmund to make his mark. It had been going well. He had bookended the US hard-court swing with steady runs in Atlanta and then Winston-Salem on the way into the US Open, and had progressed efficiently in straight sets to the third round.
Facing a fellow young gun in Denis Shapovalov, Edmund was calm and settled while Shapovalov at times looked to be a little slap happy with his shot selection as Edmund wrapped up the first set after an early break. Even when the Canadian broke back, Edmund bided his time before taking the lead.
Shapovalov did settle down though, being the first to make good on his break point chances in the second set, but needing eventually four set points to close out the leveller.
However, things started to unravel for the Brit, who developed what looked like a locked shoulder and neck, half way through the third set. The trainer got stuck in with some very painful looking manipulations as Edmund struggled through the rest of the third set clearly hampered with his movement.
He eventually had to admit defeat after the first game of the fourth set, retiring frpm the match and looking visibly upset, before leaving the court.
Talking to BBC Sport, he explained: “It almost felt like it locked up and I struggled to have rotation.”
Edmund was coming off what has been a very impressive run of consistency for him, but defending fourth round points sees him most likely hovering in and out of the Top 50 as the Asian swing beckons, again with some big points to defend.
Play continues at the US Open on Day Six, at 11am (4pm BST).
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