By Ros Satar

  • Kyle Edmund [5] def. Dusan Lajovic 6-3 7-6(4)
  • Faces Nikoloz Basilashvili
  • H2H: Edmund leads 2-0
BEIJING, CHINA – Kyle Edmund made it into his third semi-final of the year, after a straight sets win over Dusan Lajovic, to face Nikoloz Basilashvili.

 

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Kyle Edmund [5] def. Dusan Lajovic 6-3 7-6(4)

British No. 1 Kyle Edmund started strongly with a quick break to jump ahead to a 4-1 and looked solid as he did not face a break point in the first set. Dusan Lajovic, who is perhaps a more confident player om the clay, made things a touch more difficult for Edmund.

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He deflected an early break point from the Brit, and had his own chances to break Edmund but failed to convert both in one game. Edmund took the lead in the tiebreak, and although he was pegged back, he broke Lajovic twice in succession to seal a spot in his third semi-final this year.

 

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Edmund v Nikoloz Basilashvili | H2H: Edmund leads 2-0

The bottom half of the draw has seen a bit of carnage among the seeded players, with just Edmund emerging unscathed, and he surely must fancy his chances of a second crack at a title this season.

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What will give Edmund a little confidence is that both his wins over the big hitting Nikoloz Basilashvili is that both his wins have come at Grand Slams – he beat him in four sets two years ago on his favoured surface of clay, and this year came through a tough five setter in the third round of the Australian Open, on his way to his first Slam final.

 

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In fact Edmund’s fortunes now closely resemble Melbourne nine months ago with a very good chance to make the final. Both men hit big, and Edmund at times looked to be struggling in this match with his ball toss.

Basilashvili will be bombing down serves and will look to follow up with a strong punching forehand. Of course Edmund’s serve and forehand combo make up his own arsenal, but while Edmund has worked on his backhand, it is a side of Basilashvili’s game that can break down if peppered hard enough.

Basilashvili has a tendency to be a little more wayward and prone to errors and if Edmund can tighten up his game, stay solid, and more importantly if he does struggle, he finds a way as he has this week to get the win.

Prediction: Edmund in three sets.

 

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