Kyle Edmund beats Denis Istomin

Kyle Edmund reached the third round of the Australian Open for the first time with a comprehensive win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

Edmund, like many of the players, insisted after the match that he does not look at the draw, but he is now the highest-ranked player in his section before the quarter-finals.

Edmund hit 38 winners against Istomin and landed 67% of first serves Istomin, 31, caused a huge upset 12 months ago when he knocked out six-time champion Novak Djokovic, but he was well below that form against Edmund.

On a packed court 13 in the outer reaches of Melbourne Park, Edmund coped impressively with the testing conditions as the temperature nudged 30C.

He lost just three points behind his first serve in the match, breaking serve twice in the first and second sets and once more in the third to win in 89 minutes.

Istomin required a medical timeout for attention to his foot after the first set but was already struggling to keep pace with Edmund.

Looking ahead to Friday’s match, and a forecast of 41C in Melbourne, Edmund admitted he will have to be vigilant with his sunblock.

Edmund is a player who does not like to look ahead in the draw, but has not been able to escape the fact that seeds have been tumbling in his section.

But Edmund is playing with real freedom and serving like a dream: he lost only three points on first serve in the entire hour and a half he spent on court.