Kyle Edmund starts French Open campaign with comfortable victory

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• British No 1 defeats Australian Alex de Minaur in straight sets
• ‘I played well, with intent. My concentration was very good’

Kyle Edmund eased into this French Open on Tuesday with a three-set workout against Alex de Minaur that confirmed his status as one of his sport’s punishing cruiserweights, even if his opponent had the physical aura of a schoolboy.

Napoleon, once of this parish, famously had a complex about his size, and bloodied a nose or two across Europe before the weight of his enemies crushed his ambitions. On day three of his second visit to Roland Garros, De Minaur – yet to reach 11st, standing a tad under 6ft and one of six teenagers in the draw – stuck doggedly to a muscular game that shone in bursts but ultimately played into Edmund’s unforgiving hands.

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Written by Kevin Mitchell at Roland Garros
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