British No1 Kyle Edmund in tears after winning first ATP Tour title against Gael Monfils

The British No1 emerged successful on the men’s circuit for the first time with a 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4) victory over Gael Monfils in the European Open in Antwerp.

Top seed Edmund, who had not drop a set en route to the final, battled back from a set down to beat the experienced Frenchman.

The World No.15, who turned pro in 2011, made amends for his unexpected defeat in the Marrakech final in April at the hands of unfancied Spaniard Pablo Andujar in Marrakech.

Edmund, 23, broke down in tears at the end, and he said: “I’m just very obviously happy. A lot of hard work goes into this. It’s just emotion.

“It’s hugely special. You’ll always remember this one. Gael made me work for it today.

“Credit to him. I’m so happy. It’s not just me who puts in the work. There are guys behind the scenes. It’s really nice when something you’ve been working for comes together.

"It’s only my second final. I’ve not been able to string together my matches to win tournaments.

“There’s always been something to let me down. It’s been one of my goals to be more consistent.

“This will help a lot just to get that monkey off my back.

“It’s great I’ve been able to have this experience and come through. It gives you so much belief and confidence for the next time it happens.”

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