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IN PHOTOS: David Goffin beats Kyle Edmund in 5 sets at Davis Cup - livetennis.com

Abigail Johnson in News 27 Nov 2015
  • Belgium are hosting Great Britain for the Davis Cup final on clay
  • 20-year-old Kyle Edmund was making his Davis Cup debut in this first rubber
  • World no. 16 David Goffin won the clash 3-6 1-6 6-2 6-1 6-0

David Goffin played stunning tennis from the last two sets to take down 20-year-old Briton Kyle Edmund, giving Belgium a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup final.

After looking overwhelmed by a ferocious Edmund during the first couple of steps, the Belgian took advantage of a lapse in energy from his young opponent, breaking free of his tightness and claiming a 3-6 1-6 6-2 6-1 6-0 victory for the home nation. The first win of the tie gave Belgium an early 1-0 advantage over the visiting Brits.

THE MATCH IN PICTURES - DAVID GOFFIN VS KYLE EDMUND, DAVIS CUP FINAL
Belgium v Great Britain: Davis Cup Final 2015 - Day One

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World no. 100 Kyle Edmund was making his Davis Cup debut against David Goffin, after winning a Challenger event on his favourite surface - clay - less than two weeks before.  
Belgium v Great Britain: Davis Cup Final 2015 - Day One

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Edmund was the underdog heading into the clash, facing the world no. 16 in front of a largely Belgian crowd. Nevertheless, he made a fearless start - versatile and aggressive off a booming forehand to create a 5-0, double break lead.
David Goffin was pushed onto the back foot, his nerves tightening him up as Edmund steamed away with the set. But he did take advantage of Edmund's inability to convert a set point at 5-0 - holding, breaking and holding again to get back to 3-5.
Yet when he looked ready to lose all concentration, Edmund came through for a 6-3 first set. Playing just his sixth career best-of-five match, the Brit was two sets away from a point for Team GB.
Many British supporters had made the trek to Belgium to support their country, and they were continually rewarded in the second set. Edmund consistently unleashed ripping forehand winners and dominate from the baseline.
The young debutant powered to a 6-1 second set against an increasingly depressed David Goffin - reaching the equivalent of a regular win. But one more set was required to get the point for Britain, and against a top 20 player, that was not supposed to be easy.
Belgium v Great Britain: Davis Cup Final 2015 - Day One

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David Goffin seemed to realise this at the beginning of set three, when he stepped up to the ball and increased aggression. Edmund - whose consistency dropped after an adrenaline-pumped start to the match - relented slightly, and Goffin was all over it for a 6-2 set.
Belgium v Great Britain: Davis Cup Final 2015 - Day One

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Still needing a set for the victory, and with his opponent a set away from levelling, things began to look steadily worse for a tiring Kyle Edmund. Forehands and backhands began to wander from the marks in the bigger moments, and there was no lenience from his relatively experienced opponent.
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As David Goffin fully turned the tables and claimed a 6-1 fourth set, things did not look promising for the once-spectacular Edmund. In a one-set shootout with a guy who had the majority of the crowd behind him, and with just one previous career five set match, could he really step it up on such a massive occasion?
TENNIS-DAVIS-BEL-GBR

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Not this time. Despite continuous encouragement from coach Leon Smith at changeovers, Edmund began to look drained, always a step slower than the Goffin express that had roared into the Belgian stadium.
Belgium v Great Britain: Davis Cup Final 2015 - Day One

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Completing the full circle, transitioning from overwhelmed to overwhelming, Goffin struck all the marks, out-hit and out-thought Kyle Edmund to claim a 3-6 1-6 6-2 6-1 6-0 victory.
Belgium v Great Britain: Davis Cup Final 2015 - Day One

(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

David Goffin post match: "He played really heavy with his forehand, I was really surprised. He was really aggressive with his forehand, that's why he won the first two sets. I managed really well in the fourth and the fifth sets to finish really quickly."
Kyle Edmund post match: "It was very intense, very hot, the crowd was very loud. It was a good experience for me. I just need to learn from it, move on and try and do better."

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