Kyle Edmund was happy to win his opening match at the French Open

Kyle Edmund
Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund was glad to overcome a potentially tricky first hurdle as he got his French Open campaign up and running.

The British number one, looking to build on his stunning run to the Australian Open semi-final in January, overpowered 19-year-old Australian Alex De Minaur in the opening round.

Edmund broke serve in the first game of the match, took the opening set in just half an hour and went on to wrap up a fine 6-2 6-4 6-3 victory.

He said: "I played pretty well. I was just waiting to get going, anticipating, wanting to execute my game well.

"Once you get on it, it's good to really execute it well, especially against a guy like Alex where it can get quite tough easily if you don't play well.

"So I was pleased with how I managed my game. I did the controllables really well in terms of my game and serving well and when I am on the front foot, not laying back on the point."

Edmund made no mistake as he dispatched De Minaur, in stark contrast to Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius and the gaffes which gifted the European title to Real Madrid.

Reds fan Edmund, who watched the match in a Paris bar with coaches and fellow players, said: "It was sad to lose and the nature of it was annoying, with two easy goals in that fashion.

"It left just a bit of a sad taste. It was two goalkeeper errors and one amazing goal. You'll probably never see something like that in a long time."

Edmund now faces a second-round meeting with Hungary's Marton Fucsovics on Thursday.

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