By Ros Satar, in Madrid
- Kyle Edmund has more than carried the mantle of being British No. 1 since overtaking Andy Murray in the rankings just before Indian Wells
- Reaches his first Masters quarter-final with a straight sets win over No. 8 seed David Goffin
MADRID, SPAIN – There is no doubt that Kyle Edmund has worn the mantle of British No. 1 well, but he echoed the sentiments of Johanna Konta, in wishing Andy Murray a speedy comeback.
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All change at the top
Given that British tennis stalwart Andy Murray has not played a competitive tour match since hobbling off the court in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, we knew that the day he would slip from the top British rank was coming.
Luckily though, the crown prince who would be king has amply stepped up to the plate and delivered. Kyle Edmund has gone from a player who would start well and then succumb to cramps as his body would give up, to fighting through five sets in the first round of the Australian Open, confounding the seedlings to run all the way to the semi-final.
With that, naturally came the British top spot, and following a bout if injury and illness, Edmund is back on his favoured surface, and showing just what he can do on clay.
His powerful serve and forehand combination have now been joined with a much-improved backhand (according to Novak Djokovic who was on the losing end of it on Wednesday) and now David Goffin who was the next casualty of the efficient but often quite reticent Yorkshireman.
‘You want him playing’
In a week where concern has been growing as to whether Murray will be able to fulfil his commitment to making a comeback at Wimbledon (and indeed the two key warm up events in Rosmalen and at Queen’s Club), Edmund joined Johanna Konta in hoping that Murray will be back sooner rather than later.
He said: It’s obviously not nice having Andy out the game. You want him playing. It’s a real shame. Touch wood I haven’t had a long period out like that with injury. I’ve had niggles and stuff for a few weeks but mentally it’s obviously frustrating, just wanting to play and doing as much work as you can.
“The body is one of those things that is quite fickle, it’s really hard to measure and you want to process to speed up. I hope he’s obviously back, who knows about Wimbledon. The things haven’t come from him, it’s all media saying it (laughs), but obviously Andy keeps his cards close to his chest in terms of when he’s going to be back or not.”
Edmund will play in the quarter-final of the ATP Masters Mutua Madrid Open on Friday.
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