British tennis player Kyle Edmund couldn't be more happy with his Australian Open second-round performance as the rising star gave no chance to Uzbekistani Denis Istomin on Wednesday.
Istomin pulled off a major upset in last year's Australian Open round two when he beat superstar Novak Djokovic -- but the Briton wasn't afraid to meet the Uzbekistani as he booked a 6-2 6-2 6-4 win.
“Today was good professional performance,” Edmund said post-match “I did what I needed to do. I held my concentration well. I just managed my game well, regardless of what was going down his end. I was just really pleased, especially with the heat today.
“I served well today. I just made a lot of serves in at the right times – good placement really. It felt like it was tough for him to get on top of rallies from the return.”
World No. 60 Istomin wasn't at his best as he felt some knee pain early on against Edmund.
“I felt it especially on serve so I could not jump really high. I wasn’t moving well today,” Istomin said.
“He was playing much better than me today. I knew that he’s a good player, a great player.
“Maybe my tactics weren’t great today. I chose the wrong tactics and I didn’t play really great but he didn’t give me many chances. He was serving well, moving well.”
Edmund isn't lacking confidence at the moment as he stunned No. 12 seed Kevin Anderson in round one.
“I’m happy with where I’m at in my game,” Edmund revealed. “I knew going into this match that physically I was good, the way I’m hitting the ball. If he was going to beat me today, I knew I was going to put up a good fight.”
Edmund is set to clash next against Georgia's Nikokoz Basilashvili -- who defeated Belgian Ruben Bemelmans in straight sets.
“He’s a very aggressive player,” Edmund said of Basilashvili. “He makes has errors, but he has lots of winners. He’s a very aggressive player, a very good ball-striker.”