By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund [2] vs Malek Jaziri [WC]
  • Jaziri leads head to head 1-0
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – British No.1 Kyle Edmund continued to impress as he dealt with Moldova’s Radu Albot in straight sets to progress to the quarter-final of Marrakech where he will face Malek Jaziri.

 

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Kyle Edmund [2] def. Radu Albot 6-2, 6-4

Kyle Edmund‘s impressive run in Marrakech continues to gain momentum as the British No.1 fended off Radu Albot in straight sets in a match that lasted just an hour and a quarter. The match began with a sequence of three breaks and after Edmund survived two break points in the fourth game of the set, he really improved substantially on serve and did not look under any real duress for the remainder of the match.

Edmund excelled on serve in the 2nd set, dropping just the four points on both first and second serves, looked on point at the net and constructed his points very well on the whole. There may have been some trepidation coming into this week because of the run of bad defeats for the Brit, but he has put those concerns to bed with two match-wins in Marrakech. With that being said, Edmund will be hungry to build on those wins with a first title of his career.

 

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Kyle Edmund [2] vs Malek Jaziri [WC] | H2H: Jaziri leads 1-0

Life is very different for Edmund in the year of 2018. Gone are the days where most of tennis’ eyes are firmly on  Andy Murray after Edmund’s flawless run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Now Edmund must achieve one of his long term goals and that is to win a tour level title at any level, which will be another indication of the progress and strides he has made in such a short space of time, even though the Brit will tell you it has been a gradual process of hard work.

Even with the success he has achieved, Edmund is still yet to make an ATP final and is neatly placed in the draw to get over that hump and put himself in a commanding position to lift the trophy on Sunday. His next opponent, Malek Jaziri, will have plenty to say about that, though.

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It should be a very interesting match-up against the Tunisian. Jaziri has actually been very unlucky with injury over the years, but on his day he can be special to watch when he is feeling inspired and feeling prepared for the battle on the tennis court. The forehand shot is the side that pays the bills for the Tunisian. A very solid shot that can also hurt you if you give him enough time on that wing. Edmund will have to be extremely wary of that side, while being prepared for Jaziri’s backhand, which he can use effectively to neutralise the speed of Edmund’s forehand. The key for the Brit is to not be predictable in his decision-making and to play to his strengths.

There is always the risk with Jaziri that he can catch fire and produce another spellbinding match, but Edmund has gained a lot of experience at this level now and you would think he will be able to handle the last eight of a tournament much better these days.

Prediction: Edmund in straight sets

 

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