Kyle Edmund secured arguably the biggest win of his professional tennis career to date at the Aegon Championships on Wednesday afternoon (15 June). The British number three, who featured for his country against Belgium in last year's Davis Cup final, booked a place in round two courtesy of an impressive three-set victory over world number 18 Gilles Simon on centre court at Queen's Club.
Edmund broke twice to take the first set 6-4 but dropped the second 6-3 as his French adversary forced a decider. The 21-year-old Johannesburg-born right-hander maintained his composure despite yet more rain delays, blitzing the final exchanges 6-1 to seal a memorable triumph.
W14 will already see one all-British clash in the next round, with defending champion Andy Murray, back under the tutelage of coach Ivan Lendl ahead of Wimbledon, set to face Aljaz Bedene in his first main draw singles match against a compatriot since his defeat to Tim Henman in the first round of the 2006 Thailand Open in Bangkok.
However, Edmund has been spared a similar fate after potential next opponent Dan Evans fought hard but eventually succumbed to a 6-7, 7-6, 3-6 loss to Paul-Henri Mathieu on court number two.
The winners of Murray-Bedene and Edmund-Mathieu will meet in the quarter-finals. James Ward was eliminated at the first hurdle 6-4, 6-4 by Luxembourg's Gilles Muller yesterday.