Edmund Moves Into Maiden Final
Kyle Edmund reached his first ATP World Tour final at the Grand Prix Hassan II on Saturday, beating Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4.
In a battle of the last two remaining seeds in Marrakech, it was Edmund who came out on top to win his second match of the day after beating Malek Jaziri in the delayed quarter-finals on Saturday morning. The second seed hit 11 aces throughout the 72-minute clash to earn his second win in three matches against the Frenchman.
Edmund will face experienced competition in Sunday’s championship match, with two-time event titlist Pablo Andujar winning the second semi-final against Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-4. The 2011 and 2012 winner moved one step closer to becoming the most successful player in the history of the tournament after an 88-minute triumph, breaking his Portuguese opponent on four occasions. Andujar and Argentina’s Guillermo Perez-Roldan (1992-93) are the only two players in the history of the Moroccan event to win multiple titles.
"I’m extremely happy today," expressed Andujar. "I didn’t expect to be in the final at as I’m just coming back from injury. Playing in Morocco is always very special for me as I’ve won here in the past. Tomorrow will be a tough final against Kyle (Edmund), he’s an excellent player. I’m a bit tired right now, but very much looking forward to the final and very happy with my two wins today."
Andujar goes into the final in great form, having won the ATP Challenger Tour event in Alicante seven days ago. The Spaniard is bidding to become the first player since Ryan Harrison (2017 Dallas, Memphis) to win a Challenger event and an ATP World Tour title in consecutive weeks.
This is the first match in the FedEx ATP Head2Head series between Edmund and Andujar, but the Brit did win their meeting in the first round of 2016 China Open qualifying.
Did You Know?
Entering the ATP Challenger Tour event in Alicante last week, Pablo Andujar was a combined 2-12 at all levels since September 2016, having underwent three elbow surgeries. Andujar now enters the Marrakech final against Kyle Edmund on a nine-match winning streak.