Result: Juan Martin del Potro holds off Kyle Edmund at Italian Open

Juan Martin Del Potro in action against Marin Cilic during round two of the Paris Masters on October 30, 2013
British number two Kyle Edmund bows out of the Italian Open at the second-round stage after losing to Juan Martin del Potro.

Juan Martin del Potro has recorded a straight-sets win over Kyle Edmund in the Italian Open second round.

Edmund - the current British number two - had been hoping to cause a surprise against the former US Open winner but while he held his own for large periods of the match, he eventually lost out 7-5 6-4.

After the opening six games were shared, Del Potro claimed the first break and although Edmund struck back when he served for the first set, he broke again in the next game before moving closer to the last 16.

The Argentine established a 5-2 lead during the second set but Edmund retrieved one of the breaks when Del Potro attempted to see out the match.

However, despite squandering two match points, Del Potro converted on the third to seal his success in one hour and 45 minutes.

Del Potro will face Kei Nishikori for a spot in the quarter-finals in Rome.

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