In what has been an up-and-down year for the British No. 1 Kyle Edmund, it looks like he is making a much needed return to form, after fighting back from a set down to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, booking a spot in the quarter-finals here for the first time.
At the start of the match, it was the Frenchman who looked the sharper, breaking before the first change of ends as Edmund struggled to convert on his only chances to break Tonga, before having to deflect four more break point chances in a tough game.
The second set saw Edmund have more chances to break, before finally making good on his fifth break point chance to take a lead at the end of the set, closing out the second set to level the match. Edmund broke first in the decider, and once more found himself saving break points on his own serve, but that was enough advantage he needed to close out the match, and indeed a much needed win for his confidence.
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Although Edmund enjoys a 2-0 lead in his head to head over Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk, his opponent is no pushover. The lucky loser lost in qualifying but made the most of a second chance, dispatching No. 8 seed Milos Raonic.
Their past encounter have been three setters, and there is no reason that this will not be more of the same. The German has a fast and accurate serve and is solid off both wings. The start of his year was pretty unremarkable with his only back to back wins this season coming in Rotterdam, until this week.
If anything, Gojowczyk might have just a little more hard court sharpness coming into this, while Edmund perhaps has just been a little more consistent in the past which has helped keep his ranking a lot higher.
Edmund should take a lot from being able to come back against Tsonga, and on paper has the measure of the German, but this will require a lot of fortitude.
This is going to be a tough match up against a player with a lot of confidence.
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