By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund defeats Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-2
  • Faces 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic [4]
SHANGHAI, CHINA – Kyle Edmund drove through a first win in Shanghai to progress to the second round, to face Marin Cilic.




Kyle Edmund def. Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-2

British No.3 Kyle Edmund scored a fine victory in his first round at the Shanghai Masters as he beat the dangerous Jiri Vesely in straight-sets with the loss of just five games.

Edmund looked to bounce back immediately after the loss to Alexander Zverev in Beijing and did just that with an imperious display on serve and an immense conversion rate on the break points, where he converted eight of his thirteen break points that sent him to victory in Shanghai.


Edmund v Marin Cilic [4] – First Meeting

If Edmund wants to go even further in one of the crucial Masters 1000 events of the season, he will have to get past the 2014 US Open champion and fourth seeded Croat Marin Cilic. It is a tall order and a difficult opponent for the Brit to get the win, but he needs more experience in these environments and against this calibre of opponents.

Now he can see how far away he is from one of the better hard-court players on the circuit and also get to find out if he can get his first ever win over a Top 10 opponent. Edmund is currently 0-12 when he has faced a Top 10 on the other side of the net.

I think the serve is the key in this matchup. We’ve seen just how great Cilic can be when he gets his first serve into play and really dictates the rhythm of a tennis match.

He can beat the best when he is feeling confident and he even mentioned that during this year’s Wimbledon he was playing the best tennis of his career, so I think Cilic is not miles away from producing that clear-minded, penetrating tennis when he is healthy.

Edmund has to match what Cilic will offer on his service games, but also improve the amount of meaningful returns he gets into play against the Croatian. He has to let his opponent know that he is present and he is prepared to make him work on serve, which I do not think Edmund does enough of at times.

I think Cilic will get the win, but the manner of that victory and how well Edmund competes against him is something to look out for in the aftermath of this tennis match.

Prediction: Cilic in two sets

Edmund & Cilic are scheduled on Stadium Court, not before 8pm (1pm BST).

Main Image: Mike Frey/BPI/REX/Shutterstock


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