British tennis star Kyle Edmund underlined that it wasn't easy to play against Feliciano Lopez in front of the Spanish crowd at the Davis Cup Finals but he was happy that he managed to remain focused throughout the whole match.
Edmund, ranked at No. 69 in the world, handed a straight-set defeat to 62nd-ranked Lopez 6-3 7-6 (3) in the opening rubber of the semifinal tie between Great Britain and Spain. The 24-year-old Briton was projected to meet Pablo Carreno Busta in the opening rubber but the Spanish world No.
27 pulled out just before the match due to a left leg injury. "When you start off the match in this situation, there’s just a lot of noise, obviously full house tonight, they’ve come here to support Feli.
I just had to be really, really focused and concentrate on myself and I got off to a great start,” Edmund said, per the Davis Cup Finals website. Edmund saved two consecutive set points on his serve in the 10th game of the second set, before cruising past the tie-break to get the job done in two sets.
“As I said throughout this week my tennis hasn’t been the problem but when you come in different situations it can sometimes do funny things, so I just concentrated on my game, kept believing in my game, kept going after my strokes.
“And to get off to that start and then just sort of control my way through and played a very good breaker at the end, it was a very good performance from myself."