Kyle Edmund falls short in Rome
Edmund saved seven match points in epic tie-break.
Kyle Edmund produced a valiant show as Alexander Zverev beat him 7-5 7-6 (13/11) at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.
Edmund went out after an epic second set tie-break in which he saved seven match points.
The British number one had two set points in the second set, but he was unable to stop the defending champion reaching the quarter-finals.
Zverev came into the match in excellent clay court form after recent successes in Munich and Madrid.
The German seemed on a comfortable course for his 11th successive win as he took an early advantage.
But Edmund broke back to level at 5-5 before Zverev responded by taking the next two games.
Edmund was soon a break down in the second set, but he won three games in a row to make it 5-4.
He was unable to take a set point as Zverev made sure of a tie-break which will be long remembered.
Edmund saved three match points at 6-3 down and then led 7-6 to stand on the brink of forcing a deciding set.
But Zverev saved a second set point for Edmund and eventually accepted his eighth match point to set up a date on Friday with Belgium’s David Goffin.