Joao Fonseca, 17, scores first professional win on grass

Joao Fonseca defeated Kyle Edmund at the Surbiton Challenger

by Jovica Ilic
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Joao Fonseca, 17, scores first professional win on grass
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The 17-year-old Joao Fonseca skipped Roland Garros to prepare for the grass swing, seeking a good result on the fastest surface. The young gun played his first professional match on grass at the Lexus Surbiton Trophy Challenger, facing Kyle Edmund in the first round.

The Brazilian sailed past the Briton 6-2, 6-1 in 61 minutes, making an impressive debut on the fastest surface. Fonseca landed eight aces and played well behind the first and second serve, defending all four break points and mounting the pressure on Edmund.

The home player could not perform at his best, serving at only 53% and dropping 55% of the points in his games, struggling behind the first and second serve. Kyle played against eight break points, suffering five breaks and propelling Joao over the top.

Joao Fonseca & Kyle Edmund, Surbiton 2024© Stream screenshot

Edmund made a good start and held in the first game of the encounter after Fonseca's loose slice. The young gun experienced no issues behind the initial shot in the second game, landing an ace and holding at love for 1-1.

The Briton missed a backhand in the third game, offering the Brazilian two break chances. Kyle missed a forehand on the first, losing serve and propelling his rival in front. Fonseca clinched the next one with a service winner, cementing the advantage and opening a 3-1 gap.

Edmund netted a routine backhand in the fifth game, offering his rival another break chance. Kyle denied it and held with a service winner, avoiding an even more significant deficit. Fonseca clinched the sixth game with a forehand winner and climbed back from 15-40 in the next one.

Joao Fonseca & Kyle Edmund, Surbiton 2024© Stream screenshot

Joao Fonseca made an impressive grass-court debut in Surbiton.

The Briton faced a break point after a loose backhand and placed a forehand long to experience the second break and find himself 5-2 behind.

Joao served for the opener in game eight and landed a volley winner at the net for a hold at love and the set in 27 minutes. Struggling to find his strokes, Edmund placed a forehand wide and offered his rival a break chance in the first game of the second set.

The home player denied it with a forehand winner and held with a service winner, avoiding an early setback. Fonseca pushed strong on the return again in the third game, with Edmund netting a forehand and facing three break points.

Joao Fonseca & Kyle Edmund, Surbiton 2024© Stream screenshot

The Briton sprayed a forehand error right after the serve, losing serve and pushing his rival closer to the finish line. The Brazilian grabbed the fourth game to cement the lead and generated a break point in the next one when his rival played a loose backhand.

Kyle placed another backhand wide, losing serve and finding himself near the exit door. Joa played his only loose service game in the next one, facing all four break points. A teenager denied them and closed the game with a service winner, moving 5-1 in front.

Fonseca forced Edmund's mistake in the seventh game, creating a match point. Kyle hit a double fault, losing serve and propelling the young gun over the finish line.

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