Britain’s Kyle Edmund lost narrowly to Grigor Dimitrovlast week and will be looking to build on from two decent weeks in Atlanta and Washington. The field at the Canadian Masters event in Montreal is a serious step up. The Masters 1000 level event boasts tennis’ great names and talents with some appetising matches straight from the earlier rounds.
Edmund’s first opponent in Montreal is former Grand Slam finalist David Ferrer, which is an extremely tough start. The difference in experience and knowhow at the top level of the sport is vast in the cases of Edmund and Ferrer. The Brit is yet to have a real run at the Masters 1000 level, while Ferrer has made six finals at Masters events, including his sole victory at this level in the Paris Masters in 2012.
What will bouy Edmund and his coach Mark Hilton is the improvement after the grass court season, while also realising that Ferrer is not the same player he was four years ago when he made the Roland Garros final. There are many ways to get under Ferrer’s skin and greater chances of breaking the Spaniard’s game down in 2017 in comparison to his peak years where he was a consistent presence at tennis’ biggest tournaments.
Ferrer has always been one of the harder players to mentally get on top of, but the most alarming change in 2017 is the amount of matches where the Spaniard does not physically last the course, which was unheard of when he was at his best – which gives Edmund a real shot in this match.
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