By Alessandro Mastroluca
- Kyle Edmund defeated Andreas Seppi to seal his second career ATP title
- He improves to 5-1 in his head to head against the Italian
- The Brit will climb to around No.45 in the ATP rankings
NEW YORK, USA – Kyle Edmund, almost untouchable on serve, defeated the Italian veteran Andreas Seppi in straight sets, sealing his first ATP title since Antwerp 2018
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Kyle Edmund celebrated his second title in three ATP career finals. The Brit defeated Andreas Seppi 7-5 6-1 extending his lead in their head to head to 5-1. The World No.62 has now won every clash on hard-court against the Italian, who fought hard throughout the opening set.
The 35-year-old saved a match-point in the deciding set tie-break against Damir Dzumhur in the first round. He went on to serve at 5-6 down in the first set, when Edmund began to increase his level, making the difference. Seppi, whose last title dates back to 2012 Moscow, now owns a 3-7 record in Tour-level finals.
Using his forehand to move his opponent, the Brit earned a couple of set points, converting the first with a stunning down-the-line backhand winner.
Almost untouchable on serve, as he lost just 2 of 33 points on his first delivery, Edmund took a decisive 3-0 lead in the second set, winning 12 of the opening 15 points. The Brit earned another break with the Italian serving at 4-1 and cruised towards victory thanks to nine easy holds and 11 aces. He was also particularly effective on return, as the 67% of points won against the Italian’s second serves testifies.
When Seppi hit the final backhand long, Edmund clinched his maiden title since 2018 Antwerp. He collects 250 points that will help him to climb back to No.45 in the ATP rankings.
Edmund is scheduled to play Delray Beach, which starts in 17 February.
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