By Ros Satar
- Kyle Edmund & Cameron Norrie are scheduled for second round action in a packed schedule after rain cancels 55 matches on Tuesday
- Aljaz Bedene is still to get underway
NEW YORK, USA – After a rain-disrupted Day Two at the US Open, all three British men are in action as Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie play their second round matches, and Aljaz Bedene in delayed first round action.
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Kyle Edmund v Steve Johnson – Tied 1-1
In as many weeks, Kyle Edmund will face USA’s Steve Johnson for the second time as he looks to recreate the form that took him to the fourth round of the US Open last year. Edmund was disappointing on the grass, after a fair clay court season that saw him get to the third round of Roland Garros.
After first round exits in Queen’s and the Eastbourne and only one win (over a fellow Brit, Alex Ward) in Wimbledon before bowing out in the second round, he started the US hard-court season at quite a clip. He made the semi-final in Atlanta, but the step up to the back to back Masters events in Montreal and Cincinnati saw him fall short. He finished with a flourish though at Winston-Salem.
In fact he beat Johnson, whose well-publicised battle with very raw grief after losing his father suddenly this year will be more prevalent at his home Slam. Johnson relishes the moments with a raucous crowd behind him, but Edmund is no stranger to that having gotten accustomed to some very vocal Davis Cup support in his young career.
Edmund’s serve and forehand combo was in full effect against Robin Haase, who snuck into the No. 32 seed spot with withdrawals, but this is winnable for the Brit. It might have to be dragged out to four or five sets though to get the job done. Edmund has recently introduced a little swagger into his attitude, and perhaps not before time – but he needs to be able to back that up with consistent results. This is the perfect place to display that.
Prediction: Edmund in four sets.
Cameron Norrie v Pablo Carreno Busta  – First Meeting
It has been a fantastic run for Cameron Norrie, who did not drop a set all the way through qualifying, but is played in the shorter format. Norrie won the first two sets against an aiing Dmitry Tursunov, going toe-to-toe with the Russian veteran before dominating the second set, with Tursunov retiring at the start of the third.
Best of five with the consistent Spaniard in Pablo Carreno Busta might be a different kettle of fish. He has played one best-of-five match at Wimbledon this year, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets. Busta impressed this year, solid on the Latin-American clay swing before reaching the semi-final in Indian Wells and the quarter-final in Roland Garros, battling through a bit of an epic five-setter against Milos Raonic. Logic suggests that the Spaniard will be just a little too strong for the young Brit at this early stage of his career.
Prediction: Busta in straight sets.
Read our prediction for Aljaz Bedene in his first round against Andrey Rublev, carried over from Tuesday.
Bedene is scheduled not before 1pm (6pm BST) with Norrie and Edmund around 5pm (10pm BST). Times are approximate.
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