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Result: Kevin Anderson beats Kyle Edmund in lengthy first round battle in New York

Result: Kevin Anderson beats Kyle Edmund in lengthy first round battle in New York
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The titanic three-set battle lasted a minute under three hours.

Kyle Edmund lost a titanic battle to Kevin Anderson in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in New York.

Anderson, a two-time Grand Slam runner-up, prevailed 7-6 (3) 4-6 6-3 in a contest which was just a minute short of three hours.

This was the third meeting between the pair – the score tied at 1-1 – and the South African had used a protected ranking to play after being sidelined by several injuries.

The first set was a see-saw affair with British star Edmund racing into a 2-0 lead before Anderson fought back.

Edmund then broke for a 4-2 lead and served for the first set at 5-3.

But Anderson hit back and, having trailed 3-1 in the tie-break, reeled off six successive points to take the first set.

Edmund fought back to level after breaking Anderson's serve in the fifth game of the second set.

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Great Britain's Cameron Norrie was a first-round casualty at the Western & Southern Open (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Anderson had to call for a physio in the deciding set when 3-2 ahead, but broke to make it 5-3 and served out the final game to reach the last 32.

Qualifier Cameron Norrie lost 6-3 6-4 to American Reilly Opelka, who survived a break point against him in the final game.

Heather Watson suffered a second successive first-round defeat in the ladies' singles after her Top Seed Open loss to Jennifer Brady either this month.

Bernarda Pera won the first meeting between the two players 6-1 3-6 6-3 after staging a fine final-set comeback.

British number two Watson was a break up in the decider to lead the American left-hander 3-2.

But big-hitting Pera rattled off the final four games to win in one hour and 44 minutes and progress to the last 32.

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