Kyle Edmund saved a match point in a fine comeback win over Evgeny Donskoy in the first round of the Paris Masters.

The British No 3  arrived in France having reached his third ATP Tour semi-final in Vienna last weekend and defeat to Russian Donskoy would have been a disappointing way to end the season.

But he battled to a 5-7 7-6 (9/7) 6-3 victory and will face 16th seed Jack Sock in the second round.

Kyle Edmund saved a match point in a fine comeback win over Evgeny Donskoy

Kyle Edmund saved a match point in a fine comeback win over Evgeny Donskoy

Kyle Edmund saved a match point in a fine comeback win over Evgeny Donskoy

Defeat would have seen the British No 3 end his 2017 season in disappointing fashion

Defeat would have seen the British No 3 end his 2017 season in disappointing fashion

Defeat would have seen the British No 3 end his 2017 season in disappointing fashion

Edmund recovered from 0-3 only to lose the first set on a cruel net cord and then found himself in big trouble after losing the opening three games of the second set to a player ranked 26 places lower.

But history repeated itself as world number 50 Edmund hit back for 3-3 and then produced a fine serve to save a Donskoy match point at 6-7 in the tie-break.

He eventually took it 9-7 and carried his momentum into the decider, turning the tables by winning the first three games and clinching victory on his third match point.

Donskoy had match point over Edmund but the Brit fought back to seal an impressive win

Donskoy had match point over Edmund but the Brit fought back to seal an impressive win

Donskoy had match point over Edmund but the Brit fought back to seal an impressive win

 

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