Kyle Edmund's eminent keep running at the US Open finished in dissatisfaction as the British No 4 was passed up Novak Djokovic in their fourth round clash
Edmund appeared to be struck by nerves in a packed-out Arthur Ashe Stadium as the 21-year-old succumbed 6-2 6-1 6-4 having previously knocked out Richard Gasquet and John Isner.
Djokovic brushed off any rustiness - he enjoyed a walkover and early retirement in earlier rounds to dispel any doubts about his form, although there remain concerns over his fitness after he was forced to call for treatment on his elbow early in the third set
Having played only a little over five hours of tennis so far in the tournament, the Serb now faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last eight, but he insists he feels in good shape.
"It feels great to play a match. The first complete match I played was a first-round night session," he said.
"Now a fourth round, after a weird couple of rounds. I'm really glad to be back. I thought I came out of the blocks and played high intensity.
"I want to wish Kyle the best. He is only 21 and playing his first Arthur Ashe match, so he deserves applause."
Edmund only found his game in the third set, but his consolation for an excellent week will be a rise to just outside the top 50 of the world rankings.
One blistering forehand offered a glimpse of the Briton's talent, but it was too little, too late, as Djokovic strolled to victory in one hour and 56 minutes.topics from