British No 1 Kyle Edmund out of Australian Open after straight-sets defeat to Tomas Berdych

British No 1 Kyle Edmund out of Australian Open after straight-sets defeat to Tomas Berdych

British number one Kyle Edmund is out of the Australian Open after losing in straight sets to two-time semi-finalist  Tomas Berdych.

It was a horrible draw for Edmund, seeded 13, against a player who has made at least the quarter-finals here in seven of the last eight years but has dropped down the rankings because of injury.

Edmund arrived in Melbourne with doubts over a knee problem and, although he declared himself happy with the progress he has made, he did not move well and offered little until the third set, going down 6-3 6-0 7-5.

As a result of his defeat, the 24-year-old – who reached the semi-final in Melbourne last year – will drop outside of the world’s top 20.

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