Kyle Edmund extended his 4-1 lead in the head to head against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi. The Brit sealed a 6-3 7-6(3) win to move to the quarter-finals for the first time since Washington last August. In their first meeting since Shanghai in 2018, Edmund started impressively used his booming forehands to force his opponent to defend. After missing three break points in the second game, he broke to love at the second opportunity and easily clinched the opening set having won 79% of first-serve points.
In the second set, Seppi broke to 3-1 and went on to serve for the set at 6-5. Edmund, more consistent in return, managed to break back. In the following tie-break, his powerful groundstrokes made the difference.
Edmund will face two-time ASB Classic Champion John Isner, who defeated last year’s champion Tennys Sandgren in a battle that lasted for two hours and 15 minutes. The American No.1, extremely disappointing last week in the ATP Cup, beat the World No.69 in straight sets at Roland Garros in 2016 and in Miami in 2019.
The Brit defeated him at 2016 US Open to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time and set up a showdown with Novak Djokovic. The Brit had won just one Grand Slam match before that year, but he showed will-power and resilience to control the tension and convert the third match point.
He will need to rediscover those same qualities to seal a berth in his maiden tour-level semifinal since Eastbourne last summer, and his first on outdoor hard-court since Beijing in 2018. Edmund has the weapons to tackle the top players on any given day, although he shows his best level less frequently than it used to. On the other hand, John Isner could maintain an edge if the match should be decided by close tie-breaks.
Prediction: Isner in three sets
Edmund and Isner are scheduled on Stadium Court, not before 2pm (1am GMT).
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