Tennis World rankings: Tearjer-Smith beats Edberg in the semi-finals

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Tennis World rankings: Tearjer-Smith beats Edberg in the semi-finals

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World No14 Frances Tiafoe shocked Kyle Edmund by defeating the British No1 in the final match of day seven at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Edmund was in sunny conditions on centre court to face No9 seed Tiafoe in a first meeting between the pair – who appeared never to meet before – and produced a strong start as he secured the first set in just 33 minutes.

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But Tiafoe, 22, rallied back and won the second set on a tie-break to prevail 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 before dropping just four points on serve throughout the decider to cruise through 6-2, 6-0 in 62 minutes.

“I’m very happy,” said Tiafoe. “I thought I played awesome tennis against Kyle today. I played with passion and I’m very happy.”

Tiafoe fired down 12 aces and reached the final of a prestigious event for the first time. Edmund, who was aiming to become the first British winner of the tournament since 1977, immediately sought to blame himself after defeat.

“Probably a little bit my faults, being a little bit too tight in some areas,” he said. “He was serving well. He was moving around the court.

“But I played really well against world No1. He didn’t serve as well as me. The amount of aces that I had – I don’t know if it was just my timing.”

For Edmund, who has come a long way in the past 12 months and arrived in London having reached his first grand slam semi-final at Wimbledon, it was a disappointment ending on a disappointing note.

The 23-year-old, who needed to win his last two matches to finish in the top eight of the standings, had started well, grabbing the opening break in the first game, but his opponent turned the tables to take the set.

Edmund looked to be getting back on track at the start of the second set, but his opponent dug in and did not drop serve until the 16th game, when he was serving at 4-3. The Briton was unable to save a set point and Tiafoe served out the set, winning the tie-break 6-4.

With a small glimmer of hope of a draw in his future, Edmund played a new game at the start of the third set and won four points in a row to open a 4-2 lead.

But the American made his move and, despite Edmund saving three match points, he continued to dominate, taking control of the match, sending his opponent to the court looking pained and exhausted.

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