By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund defeats David Ferrer [2] 6-1 3-6 7-6 (3)
  • Edmund faces Italy’s Andreas Seppi in the European Open quarter-final
ANTWERP, BELGIUM – Kyle Edmund added to his ever-growing list of impressive wins with a hard-fought victory over David Ferrer at the European Open.

 

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Kyle Edmund defeats David Ferrer [2] 6-1 3-6 7-6 (3)

Edmund produced another impressive display to beat former Grand Slam finalist Ferrer in a tough three-set match in Antwerp. This 2016 season has been a season of firsts for the Brit, who won his first Davis Cup singles rubber in Belgrade against Serbia, made the second week of a grand slam for the first time at this year’s US Open and now competes to reach his first ATP semi-final at the age of 21. It is a remarkable rise.

The victory against Ferrer represents one of his career best wins, especially when you consider what the Spaniard has achieved in his career. Now Edmund is beginning to not only compete against the best, but challenge the very best on a regular basis. That was evident with his wins over John Isner and Richard Gasquet at the US Open, but also in Davis Cup, where he beat a former Top 10 player Janko Tipsarevic. British tennis is on the rise with Edmund and Dan Evans both propelling up the rankings in the Men’s game and Johanna Konta breaking the Top 10 on the women’s side.

The manner of the victory against Ferrer should not be overlooked. The Spaniard has built an illustrious career by grinding out gritty, testing matches against the lesser players and has also notched some memorable wins against the big guns. Edmund stood up to the task and welcomed the physical challenge laid in front of him, which signifies a real breakthrough in his career.

Edmund came out of the blocks incredibly well by going a double break up in the first set and eventually grabbing the set 6-1, but Ferrer responded positively in the second set to tie the match. In a drawn-out, strenuous third set many would have expected the physical nature of the Spaniard’s game to come out on top, but the Brit had other ideas. Ferrer served for the match at *5-4 in the third set but Edmund rallied back and took the match in the deciding set tie-break – a truly herculean effort from the 21-year-old.

 

Kyle Edmund vs Andreas Seppi H2H: First meeting

Edmund is one step closer to his first ATP semi-final and the man who stands in his way is Seppi. The Italian, now 32, has experienced better days on tour. He is a former Top 20 player but now sits just inside the World’s Top 100. He is comfortable with the hard court conditions and also plays some good tennis on the red clay.

Seppi will not blast Edmund off the court. He likes to play the long, protracted rallies, which will give the Brit the impetus to attack the defensive baseliner. Edmund possesses the firepower to unlock some of the game’s less powerful retrievers but the question remains whether he can deliver in the important stages of ATP events – something he is still yet to prove. Will Antwerp be his ATP breakthrough tournament?

Prediction: Edmund in two sets.

 

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