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Kyle Edmund of Great Britain in action at the Brisbane International
Brisbane International, Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Brisbane International tennis tournament, Australia - 02 Jan 2018
ATP Shanghai 2018 | Edmund faces a tough quarter-final challenge against in-form Zverev
British No. 1 Kyle Edmund has been in great form to close out his season with a strong showing in China. His third-round match against Nicolas Jarry was no different. There was very little between the pair, who seemed to both enjoy their Laver Cup experience after the US open.
If anything, Jarry was the one threatening early, seeing three break point chances come and go, in the battle of heavy serving and club-like forehands. The tie-break saw Edmund nudge ahead, but Jarry gave the Brit some pause for thought coming back from 3-5 down to draw level at 5-5. Edmund grabbed the vital minibreak before serving it out on his first try.
From there, Jarry looked to take full advantage of a sloppy game from the Brit, but Edmund has shown great resilience this swing, breaking back straight away. Edmund battled in vain to convert five break points, and deflected one of his own, before finally getting the breakthrough to lead and consolidate, before breaking a misfiring Jarry to book a spot in a second Masters quarter-final this year.
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Edmund  v Alexander Zverev  | H2H: Zverev leads 3-0
There has been plenty to impress from Edmund in this tournament. He has come through some messy matches where he might not have been playing his best tennis but found a way to get that all important ‘W’ on the board.
In his third round, he kept his concentration against an evenly matched opponent, and his reward is a match with a Masters winner, Alexander Zverev. After Zverev was stunned in the second round of Beijing, his Laver Cup team-mate has looked in far more solid form in Shanghai. He fought off a close match with another in-form player, Nikoloz Basilashvili, who win the Beijing title, before a very confident performance against the fast-rising Alex De Minaur.
Edmund has yet to even take a set off the German, and this is possibly his best chance to do so, given his current form. Playing the aggressive baseliner, Edmund can probably expect the fast courts in Shanghai to give Zverev some free points off a strong serve, and he will look to also do some damage with his second serve.
Edmund is not without his own weapons, obviously. His serve has got him out of trouble a few times already in this tournament, and his forehand can give Zverev a little pause for thought. However, Zverev perhaps has just a little more variety to his game, and we might expect his precision at the net to burn the Brit once or twice.
Prediction: Zverev in three sets.
Edmund & Zverev are scheduled on Centre Court at 1pm (6am BST).
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