Kyle Edmund downs Lucas Pouille to set up Alex Zverev clash
Kyle Edmund produced a good performance to beat Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6(3) on Wednesday and set up a clash with Alex Zverev in the last-16 in Italy.
Edmund, who was knocked out of the Madrid Masters by Denis Shapovalov at the quarter-final stage, has looked in good form during this claycourt season, beating Novak Djokovic for the first time in Spain.
He needed three sets to get past Malek Jaziri in the second round but wasted no time against Pouille, breaking in the opening game and wrapping up the set 6-2.
Kyle Edmund of Great Britain serves in his match against Malek Jaziri of Tunisia during day two of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2018 tennis at Foro Italico on May 14, 2018 in Rome, Italy.Getty Images
Pouille fought back in the second set, forcing the game to a tiebreak but Edmund kept his nerve to secure a straight sets victory.
He will face Zverev in the next round after the Madrid champion beat Matteo Berrettini 7-5, 6-2.
Berrettini kept pace with his in-form opponent until he lost his serve in game 11 and he was broken in the opening game of the second set which set the tone.