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Kyle Edmund earned the respect of the world number one in defeat.

Kyle Edmund impresses in defeat while Johanna Konta powers through

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Kyle Edmund gave a display of his quality but could not stave off a straight-sets loss to Novak Djokovic at the Miami Open.

The Beverley-based 21-year-old lost 6-3 6-3 on the Stadium court in round two, after fellow Briton Johanna Konta had beaten Danka Kovinic to reach the women's third round.

World number one Djokovic stamped his authority on the first set in the early stages, storming into a 4-0 lead before Edmund finally got on the board - surprisingly, via a break of serve.

That helped him win three games out of four but Djokovic closed out the set and then broke twice in the second to close out victory.

He warmly congratulated Edmund at the net at the end of a display from the world number 87 which will have earned him plenty of new admirers.

Konta has already established herself on the world stage, after reaching the Australian Open semi-final in January, and she had too much quality for her Montenegrin opponent.

The British number one, seeded 24th and thus given a bye through the first round, won 6-4 6-2 on Court 1 in Key Biscayne.

Konta needed two breaks of serve to take the opening set and two more in the second took her into a dominant 5-1 lead.

Kovinic held serve and saved three match points at 2-5, even forcing a break point, but Konta held herself together and finally got over the line.

She will next face qualifier Elena Vesnina, who beat 10th seed Venus Williams in three sets. Williams saved a match point during the second-set tie-break but Vesnina came through 6-0 6-7 (5/7) 6-2.

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