By Jake Davies
- Kyle Edmund defeats Jan-Lennard Struff [Q] 6-2, 7-5
- Faces Lucas Puille for shot in his first ATP final
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – British No.3 Kyle Edmund marched into the Erste Bank Open semi-finals with an emphatic straight sets win over Jan-Lennard Struff to set up a clash with Lucas Pouille.
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Kyle Edmund defeats Jan-Lennard Struff [Q] 6-2, 7-5
Leading into the match, it remained a huge question as to how Kyle Edmund would play in another ATP quarter-final. It feels like these moments are coming along much more frequently for the Brit, but he is still relatively inexperienced at dealing with the pressures of the business end of a big ATP tournament, but he handled the Struff problem well.
Edmund broke in the first game of the match and maintained the high level of intensity throughout the whole of this encounter. He broke once again in the fifth game, which was a deficit too far for the German to claw back at as Edmund took the first set 6-2.
We often look at the qualities of the forehand stroke, but the most impressive part of Edmund’s game was the serve in this matchup. The importance and effectiveness of Edmund’s serve is pivotal to his climb up the rankings. After all, it is the only shot in the game that you are not reacting to and that you have total control over, so the great serving statistics will be pleasing on the eye for the Brit.
The World No.63 wobbled slightly when serving for the match at 5-4, but converted on the second time of asking to win the match with relative ease for a 7-5 second set.
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Kyle Edmund vs Lucas Pouille H2H: Tied at 1-1
This semi-final match against Lucas Pouille will feel like one of the bigger matches of Edmund’s life. He has never progressed through to an ATP final in his career and the more that prolongs the harder it will be from a mental standpoint to get the monkey off his back.
In this semi-final we are going to see two great shotmakers that like to play on the front foot and enjoy putting two-to-three shots together before going for the outright winner. I think Pouille has more options than Edmund when you look at the disparity between Edmund’s forehand and backhand, but Edmund can win this match if he bosses enough of the points and plays the tennis that he enjoys playing.
Pouille can do so much with his serve in terms of the variation and the placement, so Edmund has to take the opportunity with both hands when he gets a sneaky look at a break point on the Frenchman’s deal.
Prediction: Edmund in three sets
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