Britain's Kyle Edmund has defeated American wild card Ernesto Escobedo 7-5 6-4 6-4 at the US Open to progress into the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time. The 21-year-old produced another assured display to set up a match against either American John Isner or Steve Darcis of Belgium in the last 32.
Edmund, who beat 13th seed Richard Gasquet in the first round in New York City, saw off a surprisingly stiff challenge from the world number 201 to claim the first set. Subsequently, the Briton squandered six break-point opportunities before he finally claimed the seventh to secure a two-set lead at Flushing Meadows.
The third set was another gruelling affair, however, and Edmund was forced to wait until the sixth break point of the set - and 16th of the match - to break Escobedo. Then, though, he confidently served out the set to book his place in the next round.
"I'm very pleased, a lot of good things today," Edmund told Eurosport. "I thought I played a much cleaner match, a lot of things went better for me against Gasquet.
"This was about toughing out more longer rallies, I made a few more errors, but you can't be too tough on yourself. I thought every set I stayed tough, and when it counted towards the end I got the break."