Edmund stuns seeded Gasquet
Kyle Edmund was delighted with his performance after ousting former semi-finalist Richard Gasquet in straight sets in the first round of the US Open.
The British number four dominated the 13th seed throughout their meeting at Flushing Meadows, with his huge forehand from the baseline punishing the Frenchman time and time again. Edmund was only troubled in the third set, when Gasquet broke to lead 3-1, but that advantage was soon swept away and the Brit finished the match in style, sending down an ace to complete a stunning 6-2 6-2 6-3 victory. And Edmund, who is now ranked well inside the world top 100, but who had only previously won two Grand Slam matches - both at the French Open - was rightfully pleased with the way he had gone about his business.
He told Eurosport: "I'm extremely happy right now. I played really well, went about my process and didn't really worry about who I was playing. I probably played better than I expected. I always know in best-of-five sets there's up and downs and I was obviously riding a high until I got broken in the third set. When I broke him at 3-2 I thought I'd really push it home and take it to him."
Former US Open champion Marin Cilic also raced into the second round in straight sets, with the big-hitting Croat proving far too strong for Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva. Cilic, the 2014 winner and 2015 semi-finalist, secured a comfortable 6-4 7-5 6-1 victory. He can now be backed at 25/1 to win the US Open for a second time, with Andy Murray available at 13/8 and Stan Wawrinka priced at 20/1.