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Kyle Edmund bows out of Rio 2016 after second-round defeat to Taro Daniel

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Kyle Edmund lost in the second round of the Olympic competition in Rio

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ByPA Sport
08/08/2016 at 16:42 | Updated 08/08/2016 at 17:16

Kyle Edmund suffered a disappointing defeat to Japan's Taro Daniel in the second round of the men's singles.

The British number two is ranked 36 places higher than world number 117 Daniel but could not find his best form on the slow courts and went down 6-4 7-5.

Edmund, Britain's Davis Cup hero last month, led by a break in both sets but was unable to penetrate Daniel's defences on enough occasions and made too many sloppy errors.

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Taro Daniel against Kyle Edmund

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The 21-year-old Yorkshireman said: "It was a tight match, some long rallies. I'm just disappointed to lose. I know what I could have done better, I just wasn't able to problem-solve during the match.

"I didn't quite finish the points when I needed to on some short balls and some bad unforced errors in key moments."

Edmund will now head to Cincinnati for the final Masters tournament before the US Open later this month.

He will take positive memories with him, saying: "It was my first Olympics and you've got to enjoy it as much as possible. I'm disappointed I lost but I'll definitely walk away remembering the experience and the good times."

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