Nadal through at US Open, but Edmund stuns Gasquet

British youngster Kyle Edmund produced the greatest performance of his career as he knocked 13th seed Richard Gasquet out of the US Open on Monday, while Rafael Nadal also progressed.

Edmund, who was playing in his first ever match in the main draw at Flushing Meadows, stunned the experienced Gasquet 6-2 6-2 6-3 and will face American wildcard Ernesto Escobedo next.

“I played really well. On ranking I think yeah, it’s probably my best win,” Edmund said.

“And the way I went about it, the way I played, a lot of things went well. It’s definitely one of my best wins in my career.

“It’s very pleasing and very encouraging the way I played, the way I handled myself and dealt with situations.”

Nadal also booked his place in the second round after beating ¬†Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in straight sets.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion triumphed 6-1 6-4 6-2 and will face Italian veteran Andreas Seppi for a place in the last 32.

Elsewhere, in the early stages of the men’s draw, 2014 champion Marin Cilic beat Rogerio Dutra Silva (Brazil) 6-4 7-5 6-1 and was delighted to get through: “It’s my second home, I feel great here. My best memories come from here in 2014.”

Also on day one there were wins for Gael Monfils, Marcos Baghdatis, Nicolas Almagro, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Guido Pella, Andrey Kuznetsov and Mikhail Youzhny.

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