By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund defeats Dennis Novak [Q] 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3)
  • Faces Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarter-final
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – British No.3 Kyle Edmund needed three close tiebreak sets to beat the impressive Dennis Novak and moved into the Erste Bank Open quarter-final.

 

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Kyle Edmund defeats Dennis Novak [Q] 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3)

The World No.63 Kyle Edmund survived a serious examination from the Australian qualifier Dennis Novak, requiring three tiebreak sets for the Brit to advance to yet another quarter-final at ATP level – the ninth time he has been in the last eight of an ATP event.

Edmund was put through his paces against an inspired Novak, who played much better than his ranking of No.315 in the world. The Austrian played as well as many featuring in the Top 100, but failed to get the shock win, but the match was decided by small margins, questionable shot selection and close calls in the deciding set tiebreak.

Edmund was broken when serving for the first set, but he would still compose himself enough to win the opening set tiebreak. The Austrian brought Edmund back down to earth as he levelled the match and took the much higher ranked opponent into a 3rd set. Both players did not budge on serve and a final set tiebreak was required to separate the two players.

Edmund took a well-earned victory in a draining war of attrition and now can look forward to potentially getting into a third ATP semi-final of the season and his first with new coach Fredrik Rosengren.

 

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Kyle Edmund vs Jan-Lennard Struff H2H: First meeting

Edmund will try to fend off Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarter-final. Struff prevailed with a great win against Spain’s Albert Ramos and is playing close to a career high ranking.

The German really feels his game responds well in playing indoor tennis. He can dominate points with his first serve delivery and even throws in serve and volley sporadically during his matches. On his day, Struff can be a difficult opponent to overcome, but we do not see enough of those days in the big moments on the ATP tour. There are days where he can completely lose track of the positioning of the court and spray errors from everywhere, but it will be interesting to see how confident he is feeling in a rare quarter-final at this level. Pressure can do funny things.

Prediction: Edmund in three sets

 

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