WIMBLEDON, UK – Kyle Edmund kept his Eastbourne momentum going with a straight-forward win over to set up a Centre Court clash with Fernando Verdasco.
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Kyle Edmund  def. Jaume Munar 6-4 6-4 6-4
The last time Kyle Edmund had made a semi-final, before his run at Eastbourne, was when he won his first ATP title in Antwerp. It has been a strange old season for Edmund with a run of form in the US Hard Court spring but tailing off pretty badly during the clay court season – a time when Edmund would expect to be doing well.
Grass may not be his most natural surface, but he certainly picked up some pace and that momentum in is opener at Wimbledon. In fact, it was Jaume Munar who started the stronger with an early break, but Edmund responded with two straight breaks of his own, but more challenges were to come, with three chances to break for the set going begging, not to mention needing a further seven on his own serve to take the first set.
The second set was a lot more straight forward with just a single break and again some hard graft to take it on his fourth set point. Edmund started the third set with two breaks of the Spaniard’s serve, and although Munar got one of the breaks, Edmund closed out his win.
After the match, he said: “It was nice to win. On Centre Court, always a great experience. You always remember every match you play there. It was great for me. Coming through in straight sets, had to work hard for it, for sure. He’s a guy that puts lots of balls in, asking a lot of questions, making you win the points, not giving you a lot of pace on the ball.
“I was having to really not force the issue but create a lot of my own pace and shots basically coming forward as well. Yeah, really happy. You’re going out there expecting to do well, and you have to go and do the business. So, I’m happy with that.”
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The Yorkshireman might have to rely on the home crowd support to lift him once more as he looks to snap his losing streak against Fernando Verdasco, who seems to be enjoying a bit of a resurgence this year.
He picked up a couple of wins in Eastbourne as well and having gone out in the first round for the last three years at Wimbledon, it was a welcome advance for the tour veteran. He tends to be relatively comfortable on all surfaces, preferring fast hard courts, so perhaps the slightly slower conditions here may just favour Edmund’s classic serve-forehand one-two-punch combination.
Edmund said: “Verdasco has more experience, had more achievements in the game. He’s got experience compared to obviously Munar. But hopefully I can improve as well from this match and make my life a little bit easier, as well.”
This will be a challenge for Edmund, for sure, and given their previous encounters went the distance, this will be at the very least a four-setter.
Prediction: Edmund in four sets.
Edmund and Verdasco are scheduled on Centre Court, not before 2:30pm BST.
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