Liverpool fan Kyle Edmund put three Reds shirts on display across a bench at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, as he completed his campaign at the Schroders Battle of the Brits with three wins in three matches. The World No.44 confessed he celebrated until 2am last night after Chelsea defeated Manchester City giving Liverpool their maiden Premier League title in thirty years.
Despite his tiredness, Edmund played a solid and balanced game to complete a 6-3 6-3 win over Liam Broady. He used his aggressive forehand to move his opponent around the court and managed quite easily to control the game without much fuss.
Cameron Norrie def. Paul Jubb 6-0 6-2
Edmund will meet Cameron Norrie in the semi-finals. In a winner-takes-all clash, the former No.41 gained the first eleven games in a row against the late replacement for Jay Clarkewho played an excellent game yesterday against the surprising Ryan Peniston. But the World No.519, the 2019 NCA singles champion, was no match for the more experienced left-hander who walloped Edmund off the court in their latest meeting.
Dan Evans completed his campaign in his group with the third consecutive victory. The Brit No.1 will face the former World No.1 Andy Murray as a favourite after his victory over Peniston, who played a good second set and won the point of the match with a peerless forehand winner down 5-3 in the final-set tiebreak. But Evans’ variety did the difference.
Lloyd Glasspool/Dan Evans d. James Ward/Kyle Edmund 7-6(5) 6-3
Evans came back on-court to partner Lloyd Glasspool and sealed a spot in the doubles final as they beat James Ward and Edmund in straight sets. In the clash among four occasional doubles player, the Brit No.1 found time to inspire his partner who picked up the pace to bring the pair to set point in the opening tiebreak.
They asserted their authority more clearly in the second set, so Evans will have to prepare for a busy weekend.
Jamie Murray/Neal Skupski def. Joe Salisbury/Jonny O’Mara 7-6(2) 2-6 10-8
The other doubles semi-final featured a top 10, Joe Salisbury, and a couple of top 30 players, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski. Jonny O’Mara, the lowest-ranked player on-court, is ranked No.54. Murray and Skupski scraped through the group-stage. They were considered the favourites when the tournament started, but they rarely offered convincing performances.
When it mattered the most, however, they used their experience to their own advantage in the final set of the entertaining semifinal.
They will meet Evans and Glasspool again, whom they beat in the second group-stage match, managing to qualify on a single game’s difference.
Play continues at the Schroders Battle of the Brits at 1pm (BST).
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