Edmund keeps hold of British No.2 spot, plays No.1 seed Sock next

 

By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund beats Peter Gojowczyk 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
  • Kyle Edmund [5] vs Jack Sock [1]
ATLANTA, USA – Kyle Edmund can celebrate keeping his nose just ahead of Aljaz Bedene in the rankings, as he makes the BB&T Atlanta quarter-finals.

 

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Kyle Edmund [5] beats Peter Gojowczyk 2-6, 6-4, 7-5

Kyle Edmund managed to get more valuable wins under his belt as he beat Peter Gojowczyk and advanced to the quarter-final of the tournament in Atlanta. This win is a welcome one for Edmund, who was struggling to find continuity, form and most importantly the results, as he struggled incredibly during the grass court swing.

That losing period for the Brit would have been significantly testing and is one of those moments where it truly does test the strength of character of an individual. Now the Briton has gained two match-wins in a row, which is the first time he has produced back-to-back wins since as far back as Roland Garros, so it is a critical turn of fortune for the Brit.

He now goes on to face the No.1 seed Jack Sock for a place in the last 4 of the first hard-court tournament leading into the US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year.

 

Kyle Edmund [5] vs Jack Sock [1] H2H: First meeting

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Jack Sock Roland Garros 2017

You can draw many comparisons between Sock and Edmund. Both love the additional time to unleash their favoured forehand side, which is a side that has been primarily responsible for the success of both players. Another parallel that can be drawn are the strides they have made from a physical standpoint. Now both look better prepared for the longer battles on the ATP Tour, so it should be an interesting watch if this match goes heavily into a third set in this particular quarter-final.

Edmund’s win over Gojowczyk in the previous round actually confirmed his spot as British No.2 in the rankings, and another victory against Sock would put the Brit into the Top 40 once again and give him a bit of breathing space from Aljaz Bedene. The last time Edmund sat inside the World’s Top 40 was in October last year, so there is a lot riding on this match in Atlanta for him.

Prediction: Sock in three sets

Edmund and Sock are scheduled on Stadium Court, not before 8pm (1am Saturday. BST).

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