By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund vs David Ferrer
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Another gigantic match is just around the corner for Britain’s Kyle Edmund as he tries to topple a determined David Ferrer in the first round of the 2017 Erste Bank Open.

 

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Kyle Edmund vs David Ferrer H2H: Ferrer leads 2-1

It is a tournament drenched with British success in recent memory with Andy Murray taking home the title last year – one of many conquests in his journey to the World No.1 ranking at the end of last year. Kyle Edmund will be hoping he can continue the run of British glory in Vienna, but he will be put under scrutiny against the Spaniard.

David Ferrer, Western & Southern Open, ATP Cincinnati Masters 1000 2017

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David Ferrer‘s form, ranking and confidence took a major hit this season. His consistency over the years can only really be matched by those in the Big Four, but some wondered whether the dip in level could be unrecoverable for the former French Open finalist. He did not do as well on his beloved clay as he would have liked, but the title win in Bastad seems to have put him on the right path towards the end of this season.

Can Edmund find that much-needed consistency on the forehand against one of the game’s great retrievers and fighters on a tennis court? We know that Edmund can fire big off that wing and we know that he wins many tennis matches because of that, but will he keep the required level off that wing when Ferrer gets that additional ball into play.

Edmund will be the aggressor and the more positive of the two, but what is essential is for Edmund to match the intensity of Ferrer on the other side of the court. It will be difficult, as that is the one thing missing from Edmund’s game as of now. Showing his opponent that he is ready for the fight from first point to the last point, and hustling for every point has to be key.

Ferrer certainly starts as favourite. Most of the matches between these two are tight contests, but Ferrer very rarely loses early at this event. In Ferrer’s last three outings at this event he has made at least the semi-final, winning the title in 2015.

Prediction: Ferrer in three sets.

 

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