Surviving a tough challenge from Soonwoo Kwon in the quarters, Kyle Edmund brought his best tennis in the last two matches at New York Open to become the third champion after Kevin Anderson and Reilly Opelka. Kyle claimed the second ATP title (Antwerp 2018, also indoor) following a 7-5, 6-1 triumph over Andreas Seppi in an hour and 21 minutes, taking the upper hand in the closing moments of the opening set and dominating in the second to seal the deal in style.
Reaching the semi-final of the Australian Open and almost cracking the top-10 in the rest of the year, Kyle lost the ground completely in 2019 to barely stay inside the top-70, seeking better run in the season ahead of us and already making it much better with this crown in New York.
The Briton produced fury from the initial shot, dropping eight points in ten service games and never facing a break point, challenging the Italian veteran to repeat the same if he wanted to stay in contention. Andreas was there to fight in the opening ten games before dropping eight of the last nine games, unable to follow the rival's pace and failing to win the first title since 2012.
Struggling on the second serve in the latter part of the clash, Seppi got broken three times and propelled Edmund towards the title that should bring him the boost ahead of Indian Wells and Miami. Finding his return in the best possible moment, the Briton landed a backhand down the line winner at 6-5 to seal the opener and gain momentum ahead of set number two where he never looked back after an early break at 15.
Seppi survived numerous break chances in the fourth game but there was no way back for him when Kyle broke him again to move 5-1 up, serving for the title in the next game. Still untroubled on serve, Kyle delivered a hold that he needed to seal the deal and celebrate his second ATP crown, the first after 16 months and the one that has already make the season much better in comparison to the previous one.
"When I put my game up on the court and concentrate on two or three things I'm doing well, that's when I become a better and more dangerous player; that's what I did this week," said Edmund. "I was very aggressive and didn't give my opponents too many opportunities, establishing my authority as much as I could.
Winning the first sets always helps, but in the final, when you get that sort of the first stamp of power, you get a leg up in the match; it always helps. It forces the opponent to come up with answers to get back at you. You don't have to force the issue as much but to keep that momentum going.
I knew I would serve first after winning that opening set with a break and that gave me a massive boost that carried me home. I won three matches at the end of last year but hadn't won four in a row for a while; that was the goal in New York and I achieved that, chasing the fifth win that also came.
Winning titles is always a goal that also improves your ranking; I want to win as many matches as possible and try to get back where I was in 2018."