Great Britain's Kyle Edmund was determined to perform at his best against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin and deliver the first point of the tie to his Davis Cup team. Edmund, ranked at No. 69 in the world, dropped just six games an route to beating 67th-ranked Kukushkin in the opening rubber of the tie.
British Davis Cup Team Captain Leon Smith decided to rest former world No. 1 Andy Murray against Kazakhstan and 2018 Australian Open semifinalist Edmund turned out to be a perfect replacement. "Today I just wanted to go on court and really give it my all.
It was such a buzz to thrive off this crowd. Davis Cup, playing for your country - it doesn't get any better," Edmund said after beating Kukushkin, per Sky Sports. Edmund claimed the first break of the match in the sixth game and saved two consecutive break points in the following game, before serving out for the set in the ninth game.
The Briton then saved two consecutive break points early on in the second set, before earning breaks in the fifth and ninth game to get the job done in two sets.