By Ros Satar

  • Alexander Zverev [4] def. Kyle Edmund [11] 6-4 6-4
  • Edmund chasing a packed schedule as the possibility to be an alternate at the World Tour Finals may still be an option
  • Zverev qualifies for the World Tour Finals for the second time by reaching the semi-final
SHANGHAI, CHINA – Kyle Edmund is still searching for that elusive win over Alexander Zverev as he lost to the No. 4 seed in straight sets.

 

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Alexander Zverev [4] def. Kyle Edmund [11] 6-4 6-4

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It was always going to be a tough ask for the British No. 1 to get past an energised Alexander Zverev but as seems to be the case between Kyle Edmund and the German, it was another close affair with just a single break between them in each set.

The match could not have started better for Zverev, breaking the Brit in the first game. Edmund has gotten used to winning with less than perfect play, and kept things competitive but was no nearer to getting any chance to break Zverev’s serve.

Edmund had just one chance to try and get an edge on Zverev but was not able to convert, and found himself broken to love a couple of games later, while having to deal with a very effective Zverev body serve on a number of occasions.

There were no more chances for the Brit, and a single break in the second set was all Zverev needed, serving out to love for the match.

With that win, Zverev has now qualified for the second time for the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals. Edmund’s (very) outside chance to make the line-up has taken a huge hit, but there are plenty of points up for grabs with his upcoming schedule – Edmund will be playing Antwerp, Vienna, and then Paris. While he is unlikely to make the line-up, but there could be a chance to be there as an alternate.

With the potential for both Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro to withdraw if their injury woes are not fixed in this time, there are plenty of incentives to claim one of the alternate spots.

ATP Antwerp takes place between 15-21 October.

 

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