Edmund: I can win Australian Open

22 Enero, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Earnest Bishop
  • Kyle Edmund

Edmund advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time - his best Grand Slam singles result - with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 win Sunday over 33-year-old Andreas Seppi, a player 10 years his senior.

Edmund showed no signs of tension despite the pressure on his shoulders to break Seppi for a fifth time in the match before showing extreme composure to reach the last eight with flying colours. "The belief obviously grows as you get better results and go further in tournaments".

"There's obviously a bit more attention the more matches you win". Kyle Edmund has come of age with a quiet sense of determination. Tall, pale and quiet, he is not a natural hell raiser. While the ball is in play, he crushes his forehand, he wallops his serve.

"It was really good to turn it around, basically".

He can't pinpoint any major physical changes he's made to his game, so perhaps it's all mental.

The men's singles fourth round begins on day seven of the Australian Open, and with Rafa Nadal and Nick Kyrgios among those in action, our tennis columnist, Dan Weston, is back to check out the value.

The step-up in competition from this point onwards is marked, with Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic potential semi-final opponents but a run to the quarter-finals offers real hope that British men's tennis has life after Murray.

Kyle Edmund  and Andreas Seppi
Image Edmund defeated Andreas Seppi in the fourth round

"It's not easy to win four matches at a grand slam". Just that constant working at everything, my game, on and off the court.

Edmund insisted fatigue had not been a factor in his sluggish start, saying: "It was just he got off to a good start". "Maybe a few things I could do better, and I will try and do that".

Even without factoring in fitness assessments, the numbers stack up for backing Seppi at prices in any case - there really isn't too much to split the pair from a hold/break perspective - so I'm more than happy to recommend the Italian as a heavy underdog here.

With a current ATP ranking of 49, Edmund is clearly a work in progress, but heading in the right direction.

The third seed said: "Playing against Nick is always tricky". Believe you can do it in tough situations, serving out sets and matches.

He said: "I have to believe it". That is not a bad run given that this is 52nd Grand Slam appearance - give that man a ticket to a Grand Slam main draw and he is nearly guaranteed to play a five setter at some stage. I just have to learn for myself where I haven't been getting it right to get it right. He is doing a great job. So why does he rate Edmund's chances better against Dimitrov than he would have done against Kyrgios?

The comeback had given Kyrgios encouragement, though, and he played a tremendous third set, upping the power levels and pulling off the sort of outrageous shots only he can.

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