By Jake Davies
- Kyle Edmund beats Lucas Pouille 6-3 3-1 in Brisbane Round 2
- Edmund battles Stan Wawrinka in tomorrow’s Quarter-Final
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Probably not the way he would have liked to do it, but Kyle Edmund advanced to the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International via Lucas Pouille‘s mid-match retirement.
Kyle Edmund defeats Lucas Pouille 6-3 3-1 Ret’d
Kyle Edmund was on the receiving end of a fortunate ending to his second round match with Lucas Pouille as the Frenchman was forced to retire with a toe injury. It was not the way that Edmund would have liked to have won the match, but he will be delighted with the convincing scoreline he earned and the quality of tennis he produced to give himself the set and a break lead.
It is only the second Top 15 win for Edmund. His first big scalp came at the US Open where he beat No.15 Richard Gasquet in the first round. Now for Edmund to continue to rise up the rankings substantially, he will have to recreate these performances more frequently.
Kyle Edmund vs Stan Wawrinka  H2H: Wawrinka leads 1-0
Stan Wawrinka came through in straight sets over Serbia’s Viktor Troicki and now meets Edmund in the Quarter-Finals of Brisbane. Edmund is slowly transitioning into a better player on the ATP circuit. The more he develops and improves as he gets older and more experienced, the greater the expectation will be on the young man’s shoulders. Suddenly Edmund will find himself as a firm favourite in a lot of his matches, which will be interesting to see how he handles that sudden change in perception and expectation.
In tomorrow’s match he is the heavy underdog. Edmund can swing freely without really worrying about the consequences and should see it as a perfect opportunity to show his progress against a three-time Grand Slam Champion. One thing that Edmund will be aware of is Wawrinka’s big match mentality. The Swiss is a player that likes to work his way and grow into tournaments, which makes him very difficult to beat as we approach the business end of any event. Edmund would probably have preferred to catch Wawrinka cold in the earlier rounds of the event, but should thrive in the Australian atmosphere in Brisbane on Thursday.
The dangerous with Wawrinka is that form means very little when you go toe-to-toe with him. He has the ability to take the racquet out of his opponent’s hands with his destructive groundstrokes, so Edmund will have to ensure he starts rallies on the front foot to prevent Wawrinka from having his way and dictating the play with his one-handed backhand.
That does not entirely mean that Edmund should not defend at all. He has to have a feel for the moment and the way that Wawrinka is playing. Sometimes Wawrinka can self destruct, so Edmund has to realise how his opponent is feeling on the other side of the net.
Can Edmund get the most out of his serve and capitalise on the blocked returns that Wawrinka sends back on his backhand wing? That will be one area that Edmund can try to exploit to his advantage. I think Wawrinka’s star power from the back of the court might be too much for Edmund to handle at this stage in his career.
Prediction: Wawrinka in straight sets.
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