By Jake Davies

  • Jack Sock [16] defeats Kyle Edmund 4-6, 7-6 (3) 7-6 (5)
PARIS, FRANCE – Kyle Edmund falls in a tough three sets defeat to America’s Jack Sock despite having two attempts to serve the match out in the final set at the Paris Masters.

 

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Jack Sock [16] defeats Kyle Edmund 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5)

Kyle Edmund’s ended dramatically as the British No.3 lost in three sets to America’s Jack Sock after serving for the match on two occasions in the deciding set.

Edmund struck the first meaningful uppercut, taking the first set with a break in the tenth game, but the American levelled the match through a tiebreak set, but it was the third and deciding set which Edmund will do well to forget in the weeks ahead.

It looked like an insurmountable lead. Sock was way off the pace and looked defeated both in body language and in terms of the scoreline, but Edmund seemingly threw away the match that was all in his control. Two failed attempts at serving for the match gave Sock the confidence to turn the match around in a final set tiebreak.

Jack Sock, Roland Garros 2017

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Jack Sock Roland Garros 2017

It looked like Edmund had the measure of Sock after beating him in Atlanta earlier this year and he also came into the match with a good run in Vienna, but the Brit still needs to deliver on a regular basis. We are seeing signs of what he is capable of, but those great performances seem to be happening sporadically, so the key is to gain a measure of consistency as he matures.

Disappointing would be the word to describe Edmund’s season overall. He made some promising strides on the hard courts after a not-so-good grass season, but I think the World No.50 would have expected more from himself after a breakthrough year on the ATP tour last season. The challenging phase for Edmund now is coming through the times that test your character and to hope that the hard work will pay off in the 2018 season. Maybe he can turn some of these tight losses into fabulous, confidence-building match-wins and then we will see exactly what the Brit is made of.

 

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