Wimbledon 2018: Kyle Edmund sets up Novak Djokovic meeting, while Johanna Konta crashes out

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Edmund is the last Brit standing at the All England Club

Kyle Edmund will face Novak Djokovic in the third round of Wimbledon.

The British number one eased to victory in his second round clash against Bradley Klahn on Thursday, beating the American qualifier 6-4 7-6 (7/0) 6-2 on Centre Court.

Kyle Edmund eased past Bradley Klahn in the second round of Wimbledon

Kyle Edmund eased past Bradley Klahn in the second round of Wimbledon

But there was disappointment on Thursday for British women’s number one Johanna Konta, as she suffered a shock defeat in the second round to Dominika Cibulkova.

Edmund walked onto Centre Court shortly after Konta’s defeat, which made him the last British player standing in singles for the fourth successive slam.

The victory marked another first in a season of them for Edmund as he reached the last 32 at the All England Club for the first time, but he will have his work cut out if he is to go further.

Djokovic has begun to recover some of his old swagger and has cruised into the third round, although Edmund did win their most recent match on clay in Madrid in May. Their next meeting will come on Saturday.

Konta’s tournament, meanwhile, has ended with a whimper.

Johanna Konta was beaten in straight sets

Johanna Konta was beaten in straight sets

The 27-year-old was ranked fourth in the world after her run to the semi-finals at last year’s championships, but her form has nosedived since and that slump continued on Centre Court.

She is now in danger of dropping out of the world’s top 50 after a chastening 6-3 6-4 second-round loss to Slovakian world number 33 Cibulkova.

Fellow Brit Katie Boulter also went out, suffering a respectable 6-3 6-4 defeat by 18th seed Naomi Osaka.

The pair’s meeting in Birmingham two weeks ago lasted just 46 minutes, with Osaka sweeping Boulter aside for the loss of only three games.

But the 21-year-old, who secured her first grand slam victory on Tuesday, showed significant improvement from that match to give one of tennis’ brightest rising stars a decent test.

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