By Ros Satar

  • Kyle Edmund [1] v Albert Ramos-Vinolas
  • First Meeting
ANTWERP, BELGIUM – Kyle Edmund continues his busy close to the season as he returns to Antwerp for the first time since 2016 as the top seed.

 

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Kyle Edmund [1] v Albert Ramos-Vinolas | First Meeting

British No. 1 Kyle Edmund is not letting up on his court time on the way to the end of the season as he rides into Antwerp as the top seed. His Asia campaign has paid off well with a semi-final in Beijing and the quarter-final in Shanghai, he will have high hopes of at least matching his debut here two years ago where he reached the semi-final.

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Ahead of him though is Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas who is making his debut here. It is fair to say that his year has not had as many highs including a shocking run of seven opening round losses from Wimbledon through to the US Open. He turned his fortunes around a little in Shenzhen, but Beijing and Shanghai brought him no joy.

We are well acquainted with Edmund’s improving weapons – his serve and forehand combination, and an improved back-hand. The Spaniard will try and stick to the baseline with a patient but heavy topspin baseline game and he will look to get Edmund off-kilter and move him a lot around the court.

He is solid off both wings and has precision where he might like Edmund’s more easy power off his serve, but he can break down a little under pressure. What impressed about the Brit in the last few weeks has been his ability to weather the storm of not great matches and still come out with the win.

Edmund can expect to be moved about the court, and this could be another mentally challenging match for him but one he should battle through.

Prediction: Edmund in three sets.

Edmund and Ramos Vinolas should be scheduled on Thursday.

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