British world No. 68 Kyle Edmund was facing an absolutely horrendous end to the season but he avoided the worst case after winning a few matches at the Paris Masters and earning a spot in the British Davis Cup team. The 24-year-old entered Paris on an eight-match losing streak, without a win since the early August and in the danger of being left out of the British team -- which will be among the participants at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals.
Fortunately for the Briton, he received a favorable first round matchup in Paris and made the most out of it as he handed a straight-set defeat to qualifier Ricardas Berankis to end his losing streak. The win over Berankis was an instant confidence boost for Edmund, who then beat world No.
14 Diego Schwartzman in the second round and pushed Novak Djokovic in a tight first set tie-break, before losing to the eventual champion. Shortly after Edmund's Paris campaign came to an end, British Davis Cup Team Captain Leon Smith announced that Edmund won the final fifth place in the British team for the Davis Cup Finals.
After a breakthrough 2018 season -- which saw Edmund win a maiden ATP title, make his first Grand Slam semifinal and achieve a career-high ranking of No. 14 -- the Briton hasn't managed to lift his game to another level as he is only 14-22 on the year.
However, if Edmund can perform well at the Davis Cup Finals and win a few more matches on the big stage before this season ends, that could bring him more confidence, help him enter the offseason in good spirits and set him up well to start the next season on a positive way.