By Jake Davies
- Richard Gasquet  defeats Kyle Edmund 3-6 7-5 6-2
- Edmund’s next tournament is Vienna
ANTWERP, BELGIUM – Kyle Edmund missed out on his first ATP World Tour level final, after Richard Gasquet came from a set down to make the European Open final.
Richard Gasquet  defeats Kyle Edmund 3-6 7-5 6-2
Edmund’s fantastic Antwerp journey came to an abrupt end as he fell to No.3 seed Gasquet in three sets in Saturday’s semi-final. It was a match of two halves. Edmund’s powerful, imposing game was working to perfection in the early exchanges, with Gasquet struggling to withstand the pressure of Edmund’s explosive forehand from the other side of the net.
Edmund looked comfortable and authoritative from the back of the court as he moved into a set and a break lead over the higher-ranked Gasquet, but the British No. 2 failed to keep up the high level from the first set and a half and lost in three sets to the more-experienced Frenchman.
As soon as Edmund lost a combination of games he found it hard to stop the bleeding and eventually lost out 6-2 in the third set, but it was the second half of the second set that cost him the opportunity of competing in his first ATP final.
It can be argued that Edmund will not get as great a chance at winning an ATP title as he had this week. Diminutive Diego Schwartzman made it through the second Antwerp semi-final, and the Brit would have fancied his chances to beat him in a one-on-one contest.
The Briton now flies to Vienna to prepare for the 500 level event that has an abundance of top tier players – Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Dominic Thiem and Jo Wilfried Tsonga are all set to compete in Vienna next week.
Edmund’s first round opponent is David Ferrer, in which he beat in Antwerp this week. An interesting talking point will be whether he can carry the form from Antwerp into another ATP event the following week. A positive week in Vienna could put Edmund into one of the seeded positions for the upcoming Australian Open, which has to be a new goal following his meteoric rise to the Top 40 of the Men’s game.
This time last year, Edmund was playing in many Challenger events. Now that he is ranked high enough to compete in these prestigious ATP events, it enables him to boost his ranking with lots of points up for grabs in the coming weeks.
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