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Dudi Sela stuns Kyle Edmund at Indian Wells

Israel's top tennis player beats Britain's number one in superb win

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Israeli tennis player Dudi Sela pulled off a stunning win on Sunday evening as he beat Kyle Edmund in a thrilling encounter at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Sela, who’s currently ranked at 97 in the world is only competing at the event as a lucky loser, having been knocked out in the qualifying round. Up against Edmund, who is now the top ranked British player, the Israeli came into the game as a strong underdog, but produced his best performance since beating John Isner at last summer’s Wimbledon, winning the match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Edmund’s first match since losing at the semi-finals of the Australian Open back in January, Sela, having been broken in his second service game of the match, showed terrific tactics and choice of shot, to break back soon after, before breaking again at 5-4 to take the first set.

The Brit seemed to have the advantage at the start of the second, breaking Sela in his first game, but Sela broke back immediately to level it up at 1-1.

The remainder of the set when with serve, until Edmund found himself serving to stay in the match at 4-5 – but Sela broke again to seal a famous win.

Having beaten German Peter Gojowczyk, a top-50 ranked player in the first round, he next faces Marcos Baghdatis on Tuesday, the Cypriot surprisingly beat the top-ranked Jewish player, Argentine Diego Schwartzman, in straight sets on Sunday evening.

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