Match One – Kyle Edmund v Liam Broady | Broady leads H2H 1-0 (Futures level)
It has been a while since Broady has been able to get one over Edmund, going back to the 2012 Futures circuit, and it is fair to say a lot has changed since then. Broady has enjoyed some quality match-play here, but Edmund’s beefed up physique and powerful game has been very impressive this week, both in singles and doubles.
Broady might try and pull him out of his comfort zone dictating play from the back of the court, but Edmund has looked very solid all week.
Prediction: Edmund in straight sets.
Match Two – Dan Evans v Ryan Peniston | First Meeting
The current British No. 1 Evans has looked fired up in both the singles and the doubles, and much like Edmund, has to be considered as one of the favourites for Sunday’s final.
He will face Peniston for the first time, and he could find himself facing the same kind of challenge as Norrie did. Peniston plays attacking tennis and will not be afraid to take the fight to Evans, but was looking a little weary after continual doubles and singles matches.
Prediction: Evans in straight sets
Match Three – Cameron Norrie v Paul Jubb | First Meeting
Once more we have a battle of the college boys, as Norrie takes on Jubb, who looked very sharp in his debut singles match on Thursday. Norrie has not had things his own way despite playing pretty solid tennis, and found himself coming from behind against another alternate, Peniston.
Experience will tell, but this could be closer than he expects.
Prediction: Norrie in three sets.
Match Four – Dan Evans & Lloyd Glasspool v Kyle Edmund & James Ward
Expect a lot of energy to be coming from the self-styled ‘Peaky Blinders’ who have proved to be a very good combination as a pairing. However the combination of powerful serves and forehands have been the watchword for Edmund and Ward, and with two in action on Saturday’s singles semi-finals – this is a pretty tough one to call.
Match Five – Jonny O’Mara & Joe Salisbury v Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski
Pre-tournament, many felt that the established pairing of Murray & Skupski were the favourites, but after suffering a shock opening loss, and then having to wait for a while to work out the game margins to find out if they had gone through, O’Mara and Salisbury seem to have settled into that mantle.
O’Mara & Salisbury have looked very solid and the key has been great communication between them – something that Murray admitted had taken he and Skupski a match to get back into.
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