WINSTON-SALEM, August 22, 2018
World No. 16 Kyle Edmund advances to the third round of the Winston-Salem Open. The tournament’s No. 3 seed defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday afternoon.
Edmund didn’t face a break point, capitalizing on three of his own five chances to seal victory in one hour and 12 minutes. Next up for the 23-year-old Brition will be Roberto Carballés Baena, who beat fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-1, 6-3.
Steve Johnson emerged victorious from the all-US-American affair with qualifier Tommy Paul. The No. 8 seed struck nine aces, winning 54 per cent of the total points played to prevail 7-6(7), 6-2 in just under two hours of play. Johnson will next take on #NextGenATP Spaniard Jaume Munar, who knocked off No. 11 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia 6-3, 6-2 in only 60 minutes.
“I think it was a very tough match. Rublev has a great game, hard strokes. So for me it’s difficult, but I think I did a very good match,” Munar said.
Köpfer wins first ATP main draw match
Dominik Köpfer, who entered main draw as lucky loser, secured his first match win at ATP World Tour level. The 24-year-old German edged past Tennys Sandgren from the United States 6-2, 7-6(5).
Tampa resident Köpfer outpointed his opponent 75-57 to advance after one hour and 28 minutes. He is now awaiting the winner of the encounter between No. 9 seeded US-American Sam Querrey and Taro Daniel of Japan.