Edmund eases past Seppi; faces Gasquet in Antwerp SF


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By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund defeats Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-4
  • Edmund’s great 2016 season continues
  • Edmund vs Richard Gasquet [3] in Antwerp semi-final
ANTWERP, BELGIUM – The British No. 2 is cementing his credentials as Andy Murray‘s successor – Kyle Edmund reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final and faces Richard Gasquet.



Kyle Edmund defeats Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-4

The whirlwind of a season for Edmund continues to reach even greater heights as he reached his first ever ATP semi-final following a straight-sets win over Seppi. The win against the the Italian No.3 puts Edmund into the Top 40 of the ATP rankings for the first time in his career. In a season where Edmund first experienced a breakthrough by winning a Davis Cup match, a fourth round showing at the US Open and now some real progress at regular ATP events. Some of the world’s best youngsters actually found success easier at Grand Slams before they found real consistency at ATP events – Nick Kyrgios is a prime example of just that.

Edmund’s win against Seppi is a big win. It is easy to forget just how much Seppi has achieved over the course of his career. He has won titles on three different surfaces and has beaten some of the world’s best players at Grand Slams over the years. The most memorable win was beating No.2 seed Roger Federer at the 2015 Australian Open. So Edmund can take a lot of confidence from these wins as he prepares for an even better 2017 season, where the big question will be whether he can consistently perform on the ATP Tour.


Kyle Edmund vs Richard Gasquet [3] H2H: Edmund leads 1-0

Edmund and Gasquet will meet for the first time since their match at the US Open earlier this year. In that US Open, Edmund completely dominated the Frenchman in one of the most shocking upsets of the event. The Briton would go on to beat John Isner and reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

Gasquet presents a difficult test on an indoor hard-court. He has made eight ATP finals on an indoor surface and has won six of those finals that he has played. It will be a very difficult match for the British player, but one thing that remains questionable is whether Gasquet is fully fit. The talented Frenchman has endured an injury-plagued season, most notably carrying a back injury that has effected him for a number of years now. As Gasquet moves into his 30’s, that back problem will not get any easier, as we have seen from Roger Federer recently.

Gasquet has not played a great amount of tennis in the Asian swing and Edmund looks more match-tight and is closing in on a Top 35 ranking this week.

Prediction: Edmund in two sets