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Andy Murray beats Kyle Edmund in decider to reach last 16 of Citi Open

ANDY MURRAY has beaten fellow Brit Kyle Edmund 7-6 (7/4) 1-6 6-4 to progress to the last 16 of the Citi Open.

The two-time Wimbledon champion took the opening set on a tiebreak after both players held their first five service games before exchanging breaks.

Level at 4-4 in the tie-break, Murray went on to take the final three points.

Edmund hit back taking the second set 6-1 in just 35 minutes to level the match up at one apiece.

The 23-year-old won 83% of his first serve points, breaking Murray twice for a 5-1 lead before forcing a decider on his sixth set point.

But Murray sealed the match on his first break point of the tenth game to advance to the next stage of the ATP event.

“I feel better than I did during the grasscourt season, which is positive,” said the Scot.

Andy Murray: Kyle Edmund has overtaken the Scot as British number one (Image: GETTY)


“So things are still getting better and I’ve lasted fairly well through two long matches here on a tough surface on the body so hopefully I can keep healing up from the matches and feeling better.”

A third-round tie against Romania's Marius Copil awaits for Murray.

The 31-year-old won their only previous meeting last year in straight sets.

Meanwhile, Johanna Konta notched up her second win in as many days by beating Sofia Kenin 6-1 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Silicon Valley Classic.

Andy Murray continues his comeback from injury (Image: GETTY)


Konta, who cruised past Serena Williams 6-1 6-0 on Tuesday, will now face fourth seed Elise Mertens in the next round.

Her victory over Kenin came in two sets of 36 minutes each, with the Brit breaking the American's first service game for a 3-0 lead then again for 5-1.

The world number 48 then saved a break point and served out the set.

A break to love in the fifth game of the second set was enough to seal the match in straight sets.

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