EAST Yorkshire star Kyle Edmund seized his opportunity to finish off a first-round marathon at the French Open with a sprint.

Edmund and French opponent Jeremy Chardy had been forced off court by fading light on Monday night at 5-5 in the deciding set after three hours and 55 minutes of power tennis in a tremendous atmosphere on Roland Garros' bullring court.

With the French Open now the only Grand Slam tournament not to use a deciding-set tie-break, there was the prospect of a lengthy denouement, but instead Edmund broke the Chardy serve at the first time of asking, needing just seven minutes and 10 points to clinch a 7-6 (1) 5-7 6-4 4-6 7-5 victory today.

The result was a timely boost for the British number one, who snapped a five-match losing streak dating back to early April.

Former Pocklington schoolboy Edmund said: "That was my aim today just to come out really firing and almost impose myself on him. It was a good situation for me the more I thought about it.

"To come through that was great for me. I'm very happy with it. Great fight, good character, good composure, especially in an environment like that. And physically it was lots of positives for me. That was great to take forward."

He faces tricky Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas next as he bids to reach the third round here for a third successive year.

Cuevas is a hugely experienced clay-courter who has been in excellent form, but Edmund, who could play fourth seed Dominic Thiem in round three, is bullish about his own prospects.

"Of course it's a tough match," he said. "But I've just played a very tough match. I'm in a good place. I've shown I can play tough.

"I've just got to go out there and not really overthink it and just play. My game is certainly good enough now to do damage."