It was a fitting match to round out the quarter-final action, as No. 1 seed Milos Raonic was making his comeback to the tour in his first tournament since the Australian Open. Injury had hampered his run in Melbourne yet again, as an adductor injury hampered him in his quarter-final against Rafael Nadal.
Having come through straight sets win, Raonic had been the one to put pressure on Kyle Edmundin the first set, failing to convert on two break points. Edmund made no mistake on his chances, converting on his second chance to nudge ahead in the first set and confidently served for it to love.
In fact Edmund’s quality was very high – it was just one lapse late in the second set that allowed Raonic to level the match, but that momentum carried the Canadian through to an immediate break at the start of the third.
Edmund stayed toe-to-toe with Raonic but could not find a way to challenge the big server, but should take a lot of confidence from that performance. His own serving stats were on a par with Raonic – both at 68% for their first serve percentage.
Edmund heads to Acapulco, which takes place between 27 February – 4 March.
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