By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund [11] defeats Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4
  • Faces Nicolas Jarry for a spot in the quarter-final
SHANGHAI, CHINA – Kyle Edmund made it into the Round of 16 of the Shanghai Masters event after defeating Italy’s Andreas Seppi in straight sets.

 

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Kyle Edmund [11] def. Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4

It was a pure clash of two very different approaches to the game of tennis. Kyle Edmund looking to finish the points with as few groundstrokes as possible, while Andreas Seppi tried to keep the point alive and stretch Edmund into more mistakes and more mistakes through his counter-punching from the back of the court.

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

Edmund initially had to fend off a bit of pressure on his own serve in the third game of that first set, but he served well in tough situations and he backed his forehand side when the match was increasingly tough to call. The pair exchanged breaks, but Edmund finished the set strongly, breaking for a second time in the set before consolidating that with an assured hold of serve to seal the set.

Edmund took an early break in the beginning of the second set and really pushed on from there as Seppi could not offer much in terms of baseline winners and struggled to really push Edmund in areas of the courts that he would feel uncomfortable in. Edmund had the time to unload and that is really when he is at his most effective. When he is given the time to set up for his forehand and dictate the beginning of the point from there, which he was allowed to do regularly today in a very good straight sets win.

 

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Edmund [11] vs Nicolas Jarry | H2H: First meeting

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Edmund has been under lots of pressure in terms of his results in recent weeks. There was a long wait for a win after losing in the first round of the US Open, and Edmund had only won one match against a Top 50 player since the beginning of the grass court season. The upturn in results, where he made the semi-final of the China Open last week, gave Edmund the confidence he needed. The lack of matches and match-wins really can have a big effect on the mind of a player, so Edmund’s two big runs in Asia have come at the perfect time.

Edmund faces a very tough challenge for a place in the quarter-final as he faces Chilean Nicolas Jarry. Jarry has made more of a name for himself on the red clay, where he really plays his best tennis and gets his best results on tour, and Jarry has experienced a season of firsts, making the Top-50 for the first time, making an ATP final for the first time and really improving his tennis from the baseline.

This contest will really be about the battle of the forehands. Jarry is a player that can dominate a lot of his matches off the first serve, and, like Edmund, he can control points with his forehand side, but I think Edmund’s additional experience of playing at Masters level, competing in the big tournaments and enjoying recent success in Asia, will play a huge role in the outcome of this match.

Prediction: Edmund in straight sets

Edmund & Jarry are scheduled on Show Court 3 at 1pm (6am BST).

 

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