Kyle Edmundproduced a much better performance than his 59 minute loss in Montreal. It took Daniil Medvedevan additional 20 minutes to dispatch the British No. 1 in the last big event before the US Open.
Although the end result is a loss, Edmund can take a lot of positives from his most recent performance. The Brit showed he can learn from his defeats, even if they occurred within the last week and Medvedev certainly had to up his game to overcome his opponent. After the opening set it appeared as though the Russian would bulldoze his way through Edmund again. The ninth seed did not drop a single point behind his second serve on his way to winning the first set 6-2.
Medvedev immediately broke Edmund to start the second set in emphatic style, only for Edmund to square things up at the first time of asking. The Brit tightened his game up, barely giving Medvedev free points, and his fighting qualities saw him serve for the set at 5-3. The Russian has won a tour-leading 26 hard court matches this season and he showed why, winning the last four games to end the British charge in Cincinnati.
As it stands, Edmund stays in the world’s top 32, which is important as the 24-year-old will be seeded at the US Open if everything goes to plan for him. Players like Denis Shapovalov, Jan-Lennard Struffand Alex de Minaur are all still in the draw – and have a chance to steal a seeded position from the Brit. Medvedev will face Benoit Pairein the second round.
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