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Davis Cup: Edmund puts Britain ahead in rain against Serbia

  • Britain's Kyle Edmund clenches his fist in celebration after winning a game against Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic during their Davis Cup quarterfinal tennis match in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    Britain's Kyle Edmund clenches his fist in celebration after winning a game against Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic during their Davis Cup quarterfinal tennis match in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Kyle Edmund returns a ball to Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic during their Davis Cup quarterfinal tennis match in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    Britain's Kyle Edmund returns a ball to Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic during their Davis Cup quarterfinal tennis match in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Wimbledon Champion, Britain's Andy Murray, center, shows support for the British Davis Cup team during their Davis Cup quarterfinal tennis match against Serbia in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    Wimbledon Champion, Britain's Andy Murray, center, shows support for the British Davis Cup team during their Davis Cup quarterfinal tennis match against Serbia in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)  (The Associated Press)

Kyle Edmund overcame long rain delays and beat Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets to give title holder Britain a 1-0 lead over Serbia in their Davis Cup quarterfinal on Friday.

With Wimbledon champion Andy Murray not playing but supporting the team from its box, Edmund won 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in a match that stretched over five hours with two long rain delays.

The match already began after a brief delay and a minute of silence for the victims of the Nice attack.

But soon a shower forced the match to be suspended for an hour. When they returned, Edmund broke serve for 3-1 and rode that advantage to win the set. He also broke at the start of the second and was up 2-1 before another delay.