Edmund sets up mouthwatering Dimitrov clash after first win in Washington

 

By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund defeats Hyeon Chung 6-3, 6-1
  • Kyle Edmund vs Grigor Dimitrov [4]
WASHINGTON, USA – Kyle Edmund was in top form as he advanced at the Citi Open, where he faces No. 4 seed Grigor Dimitrov next.

 

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Kyle Edmund def. Hyeon Chung 6-3, 6-1

Kyle Edmund solidified his position as Great Britain’s second best player as he picked up yet another important hard-court win, that will give him the confidence against the more difficult of opponents at the bigger events in Montreal and Cincinnati. The Brit needed two breaks to get over the line in the first set against Hyeon Chung, but pulled away and extinguished any real resistance when he broke three times to ease through the second set to claim his first win at the tournament in Washington.

It really is an ideal start for Edmund. He is currently being consulted by Mark Hilton, who is the former coach of Dan Evans. Mark Hilton was an incredible success story in relation to his hand in Evans’ rise from tennis obscurity to being a Top 50 player. Now Edmund must feel that the extra voice and the proven success that Hilton had with Evans, can also help the direction of his own tennis during the American hard-court swing.

 

Edmund vs Grigor Dimitrov [4] H2H: First meeting

Edmund’s win over Chung was a further step in the right direction and another reason to believe that Edmund is ready to become a more consistent player overall. He next faces the No.4 seed Grigor Dimitrov, who had an exceptional beginning of the year, reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final in three years, but the rest of the season has been distinctively up-and-down to say the least.

Many are motioning for Dimitrov to be that guy that gives the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray something to think about and a reason to feel threatened by the glowing Dimitrov one-handed backhand, but he still has plenty to improve and lots yet to achieve as he moves into his late 20’s.

I think this matchup could be difficult for Edmund. When Dimitrov first started working with Roger Rasheed, we noticed the incredible improvements he had made in regards to his fitness, but now Dimitrov is purely focusing on how his tennis can develop with that improved fitness. Dimitrov does have the ability to open up the court, spread his shots in order to get his opponent moving as much as possible by finding unbelievable angles off the backhand side.

He still lacks consistency, but he makes up for it with the unbelievable shotmaking he can manufacture when playing the flamboyant, showman tennis that he undoubtably enjoys.

This is a first hard-court match for Dimitrov, while Edmund played a number of matches in Atlanta and has already played one more match than the Bulgarian in Washington. Maybe Edmund can take advantage of that fact and make the match as close as possible with a Top 15 player in Dimitrov.

Prediction: Dimitrov in two sets

Edmund and Dimitrov are scheduled on Grandstand 1, not before 6:30pm (11:30pm BST).

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