By Jake Davies
- Kyle Edmund beats Jordan Thompson to advance to the Olympics second round
- Kyle Edmund [GBR] vs Taro Daniel [JPN]
- A presentable opportunity for Edmund to make the third round
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Current British No. 3 Kyle Edmund has a great chance of further Olympic success after a commanding start in Rio 2016.
Kyle Edmund [GBR] vs Taro Daniel [JPN]
In his first ever Olympic Games, Edmund started off in the best of ways by beating Australia’s Jordan Thompson in straight sets. Edmund will now play Japan’s Daniel in the second round – a match that he would not have expected to be playing when coming into the Olympics.
Edmund will recognise and acknowledge the opportunity that has been presented to him with Daniel’s upset win over Jack Sock. A positive talking point in Edmund’s point of view is that in this match up he will be dictating the majority of the points.
Daniel likes to soak up pressure and engage in long exchanges from the baseline. Although he does not possess the greatest of power off both wings, he sometimes chooses to increase the velocity on his backhand wing – his favourite shot.
It is also easy to forget that this is a first Olympics for Daniel. He does not have a wealth of experience of playing and beating the world’s best players. Edmund, on the other hand, can draw on some of the great experiences of Davis Cup and also learn from the tough losses at Grand Slam level.
Another factor in this match will be whether Daniel can serve at a high level throughout. In the past he has had a tendency of not making the most of his 6ft 3 frame by serving double faults at inopportune times.
In addition to this, Edmund will have to play a smart match and really look to execute his powerful game and dangerous forehand to perfection. Daniel has beaten power players in the past with his unorthodox game style, so the British No.3 will have that in the back of his mind.
It is a massive opportunity for both players. A win sends them into the third round of an Olympic Games and further demonstrates that both players did not just show up to make the numbers. A win for Edmund indicates that he is developing into a very serious player that the bigger names ought to take notice of in the months and years to come.
Although Daniel will not be phased with the enormity of the occasion or the grand stage, I feel Edmund will impose his more aggressive game style and take advantage of the more hesitant, defensive brand of tennis that Daniel will adopt.
Prediction: Edmund in 2 sets.
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