Third-Place Play-off: Andy Murray v Cameron Norrie
LONDON, UK – Schroders Battle of the Brits comes to an end with the four best players in the country going head to head
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Dan Evans v Kyle Edmund | Edmund leads H2H 3-0 (incl. Challenger level)
It has been a long week with a lot of court time for both Dan Evans, the current British No. 1 and former top Brit Kyle Edmund. Evans has really settled into the title of being the lead Brit in the park.
His talent had never been in question in his early, more troublesome days, and his forced time off the tour having reached his first final and making steady progress up the rankings made many feel he would never live up to his potential.
Since his comeback he has worked hard, and might just be learning to keep his comments in check sometimes (his roasting of doubles players come to mind…) and now he looks to be letting his tennis do the talking.
Over the net will be a beefier Edmund who did admit to have used his longest training block to muscle up and it has stood him in great stead. He has been very impressive this week, perhaps understandably dipping a little in the semi-final and having to come from behind to clinch his spot.
Edmund’s key will be to stop Evans from being able to move him around the court, although it has been refreshing to see Edmund in the doubles, but his classic one-two punch, Evans will have to use all i=his variety to break his duck against Edmund.
Prediction: Edmund in three sets.
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Ward has had a decent tournament having struggled with injuries that could have derailed his career completely. He got some good court time in the singles and the doubles but it will be a tough first time meeting against Norrie.
It has not all been plain sailing for the British No. 3 who has come through some very tough matches and was very unlucky to trip on match-point against Edmund, having taken the first set off the former British No. 1.
Norrie seems to have reset well in the enforced break, and it will be fascinating to see how he turns this into results when the tour resumes – he has had a few heart-breaking losses at Slams, and it would be very encouraging to see his fighting spirit back on show.
Norrie has a little bit of everything but would expect to be challenged by a fully fit Murray whose variety and tenacity took him to three Slam titles the World No. 1 and could still cause the leftie a few issues.
Prediction: Norrie in three sets
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