By Ros Satar

  • Kyle Edmund [11] def. Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-3
  • Faces Andreas Seppi in the second round | H2H: Edmund leads 2-1
SHANGHAI, CHINA – Kyle Edmund displayed solid resilience to battle into the second round but can he beat Andreas Seppi to reach the third round for the first time.

 

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Kyle Edmund [11] def. Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-3

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In what looks like a packed schedule on the way to the end of the season, British No.1 Kyle Edmund battled his way past Filip Krajinovic to get the win on the board. At the start of the match though, it was the Serbian who seemed to handle the speed but also the low bounce of the court a little better, breaking the Brit early.

In the past we might have seen Edmund’s head drop – certainly this time last year he seemed to struggle to get himself going if he fell behind, but there was a sense of not panicking, and he took his chance to break to level at 4-4 as Krajinovic’s level seemed to tail off. Edmund seemed to be pick up pace towards the end of the set, breaking for the first set.

The second set was no less competitive, and Edmund had to fend off a break point before the first change-over before Edmund struck at the end of the set before serving his way into a straight sets win, which might not have been the most precise, but a win is a win.

 

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Edmund v Andreas Seppi | H2H: Edmund leads 2-1

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Andreas Seppi in the third round of the Australian Open, 2018

Edmund started the year with a solid win over Italy’s Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open, and with Seppi searching for his first back to back wins since Halle this year, Edmund is in prime position to frustrate the Italian once more.

Seppi can be soporifically patient in his counter-punching style and in the past his consistency and steady play rather than any big weapons in particular, have served him well. He has cracked the Top 20, but has slipped down the rankings and is bubbling around just inside the Top 50.

However, he has the experience to give Edmund a run for his money on a court that obviously is taking the Brit a little time to get used to. Seppi can keep Edmund running about the court for a while, and will look to stop him from going to his serve/forehand combination that often gets the results for the Brit.

What Edmund can best hope for is that his form in Asia has left him a little more match sharp, but we can expect to see Seppi give him some pause for thought.

Prediction: Edmund in three sets.

 

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