Davis Cup final: UK's Kyle Edmund proves stiff competition for Belgian David Goffin

Ian Payne

Former Sports Correspondent

Kyle Edmunds was thrown in the deep end, but delivered a stunning performance Credit: Reuters

One match all at the end of the first day of the Davis Cup final was what everyone had predicted the score would be.

But it was very nearly a dominant day for Great Britain.

Twenty-year-old Kyle Edmund from Yorkshire had never played a Davis Cup tie before.

To say the world number 100 was thrown in at the deep end would be an understatement.

He was first on court against Belgium's best player - the world number 16, David Goffin.

He wasn't expected to win but after he breezed through the first two sets it looked like a massive upset was on the cards.

Fortunately for the home nation Goffin found his rhythm in time; just as Edmund tired, the exertions and the sheer occasion finally getting to him.

Goffin hit back taking the next three sets, the final set 6-0.

Murray's match was hardly a contest, with the Scottish tennis star cruising to a straight sets win Credit: Reuters

Then it was Andy Murray's turn. He was facing a man he had never played before, the world number 108, Rubén Bemelmans.

In truth it was hardly a contest with Murray only tested in the third set when his frustration boiled over and he was penalised for a verbal obscenity.

In the end though, it didn't matter as Murray cruised to a straight sets win.

On Saturday Murray will be back on court again with his brother Jamie in the doubles.

He wouldn't admit it afterwards but Murray must know this could be a pivotal match in the final, with the final singles on Sunday.