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Kyle Edmund crashes out of US Open 2019 with another surprise first round defeat

August 30, 2019

  British No.1 Kyle Edmund saw his US Open campaign ended in the first round for the second year running  The 24-year-old could not join compatriots Johanna Konta and Dan Evans in round two after a dispiriting five-set defeat on unlucky Court 13  Last year Italian Paolo Lorenzi was the beneficiary of Edmund’s below-par display  Fast forward 12 months and Pablo Andujar, a 33-year-old Spaniard, outlasted the 30th seed  A close match featuring 13 breaks of serve – seven for Andujar – swung in a marathon fifth game in the deciding set  Edmund was unable to get over the line on his own serve, and did not win another game in a 3-6 7-6 (1) 7-5 5-7 6-2 defeat  Earlier, Edmund had recovered from dropping his opening service game to take the first set with relatively little drama, and looked on course for a routine win when a break up in the second  The clubbing Edmund forehand was cranking up to speed and Andujar was struggling to stay with him  But suddenly a sloppy service game saw Edmund 0-40 down and Andujar, ranked 70 in the world, took advantage before running away with the tie-break  Andujar has struggled with injuries for much of his career but he was suddenly looking the sprightlier as the rallies progressed  He nicked a tight third set, Edmund responded in kind in the fourth, but he came up short in the decider as Andujar celebrated a first Flushing Meadows win since 2014

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