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Edmund goes out fighting

Wild card Kyle Edmund was beaten in the first round of the Sony Open in Miami but did not go down without a fight against Julien Benneteau.

The 19-year-old from East Yorkshire is ranked a lowly 298 but was on course for a spectacular upset when he went a set and a break up against his 32-year-old opponent.

However, Benneteau's experience eventually shone through as he fought back to claim a 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 6-2 win in just under two hours.

Edmund, who had only played twice on the ATP Tour this season and lost both matches, was broken in the opening game but hit back immediately, holding his own against the Frenchman throughout the rest of the set to force a tie break.

At that point, the teenager showed an astonishing level of maturity to dominate his opponent, taking a 4-1 and 6-2 lead before hitting another winner on serve to go a set up and give Benneteau much to think about.

Edmund then heaped further pressure on his opponent with another break of serve in game five of the second, but this time Benneteau responded by winning the next four games to level the match and set up a decider.

Still there was no sign of a white flag from the young Briton, who continued to serve with confidence and punch the ball around the court like a player far older than his 19 years.

However, Benneteau, a former French Open quarter-finalist, finally turned the screw on his opponent with another break of serve in the fifth, and Edmund could not find an answer as the Frenchman continued to reel off the games before serving out to love for the match.