KYLE EDMUND was cool as ice as he beat the warmth and Denis Istomin to achieve the Aussie Open third spherical.
The British No 2 was very good once more, despatching world No 60 Istomin 6-2 6-2 6-Four in simply 89 minutes on a sun-baked Courtroom 13.
Edmund adopted up Monday’s career-best win over world No 12 Kevin Anderson with one other mature show, this time in opposition to Istomin, the person who put reigning champion Novak Djokovic out of final yr’s Aussie Open.
The Brit, 23, mentioned: “There’s at all times a hazard of somebody like Denis coming again.
“Though the scoreline is easy, the margin is small. Particularly as a result of you may see what he did final yr.
“I am very comfortable. It was an expert efficiency. After having 4 hours on court docket on Monday, to get it achieved lots faster at the moment will do me good.
“It has to provide you confidence beating a man like Anderson, 12 on the planet and an ideal participant on laborious courts.
“It doesn’t suggest it is any simpler at the moment however I simply actually took confidence from figuring out that bodily I confirmed up very well in opposition to a top quality participant and my degree was good.
“I knew at the moment coming into the match that I used to be in a great place.”
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The Brit broke Istomin in the opening game and again in the seventh, and the way he was serving himself – he lost only three points on his first serve – meant there was no way back for the Uzbek.
The second set followed exactly the same pattern and the finishing line was in sight.
In the third, Edmund had to wait until the third game to move ahead of an increasingly demoralised opponent.
Istomin had had treatment on his feet after the first set and was not playing anything like as well as he had.
But that was because Edmund was not letting him and don’t forget Istomin is one of only two players to beat six-time champion Djokovic in Melbourne in the last eight stagings of the event.
Whisper it quietly, but there is no reason why Edmund, in this form, should not match or better his best ever Grand Slam performance, which is reaching the fourth round of the US Open in 2016.
Even before this match, Edmund was already the second-highest ranked player in his quarter of the draw following Monday’s exodus of seeds in his section.
His next opponent, on Friday, will be Nikoloz Basilashvili, the world No 61 from Georgia and Edmund has nothing to fear given how well he is playing.
In fact, the weather may be more of a worry for the pale-skinned Yorkshireman.
A heatwave is hitting Melbourne and temperatures could kiss 40 degrees centigrade when he next plays.
But Edmund is in hot form and right now everything feels possible.