Kyle Edmund v Sam Querrey – H2H: Querrey leads 2-0
British No. 3 Kyle Edmund has a great chance to capitalise on last week’s dash back up the rankings as he is just a couple of spots away from Dan Evans with both of them at ATP 500 level tournaments. First though, he needs to get past Sam Querrey, who has been enjoying a bit of a resurgence.
Around this time last year, the American was just outside the Top 100 having laboured with injuries, but has fought his way back into the Top 40, and is still a danger. Both he and Edmund arrive in Mexico with Delray Beach quarter-finals under their belt, so in terms of match sharpness they are on a par.
When Edmund’s game is on, his serve and clubbing forehand are formidable weapons, but when he is slightly under-par he can seem to be very heavy footed and lack-lustre, even though he is a hard worker, and knows he can play at a much higher level.
Querrey of course has a ton more experience especially at the bigger fields that we see at this level, and they are pretty evenly matched coming into this encounter. Edmund has slipped a little down the rankings and perhaps his confidence had taken a knock but there is a lot he can take from his run at Delray Beach.
For a start he took the top seed to a decider, having taken the first set of Milos Raonic in their quarter-final so he knows he can go toe-to-toe with not only the best, but also the big hitters in the game. He needs his own serve to be firing, and to work hard on his return game against the bombs that Querrey will be firing, to try and get a sniff of a break point chance.
The pair have met twice, back in 2014 with Querrey getting the wins on the grass of Eastbourne and in the Sacramento Challenger. A lot has changed though for the young Brit and it is fair to say his career is on the up while Querrey’s career is at a far later stage. We are certainly not writing off the American judging on his own gallop back up the ratings in the last year, but Edmund has a great chance to pack in some more ranking points.
Prediction: Edmund in three sets.
Edmund and Querrey are scheduled on Cancha 2, not before 5:30pm (11:30pm GMT).
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