By Jake Davies
- Kyle Edmund vs John Isner preview
- The first meeting between the two in their H2H
- Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka also feature
PARIS, FRANCE- Kyle Edmund continues his Roland Garros campaign against John Isner on Wednesday at Roland Garros
The British Number 3 Edmund is scheduled third match after 11am on Court 14 against America’s Isner. Edmund has shown fantastic development and made big strides recently at both ATP level and on the Challenger Tour. The Brit performed exceptionally en route to two Challenger titles on two differing surfaces- both clay and indoor hard. These types of results further indicate the versatility that Edmund possesses and the versatility he’ll need to demonstrate on many surfaces if he’s to become a regular Top 20 player as many have predicted for Kyle Edmund in recent years.
His opponent, Isner has had an inconsistent and disappointing series of results in 2016. The main feature to Isner’s game this year is his inability to get through tough and tight matches, which will give Edmund great incentive and motivation in this particular match up. Isner has lost five matches as deep as 7-6 in the 3rd set in 2016, including some heart-breaking results in the South American red clay, which has relevance in the build up to his match against Edmund tomorrow.
An interesting talking point to Edmund’s approach to this encounter is whether he can spread the court and manipulate the ball with his forehand wing. If Edmund can successfully construct the points from side to side with his fearsome forehand and exploit the obvious flaws of Isner’s movement then he could really stand a chance of causing the upset. Edmund acknowledges that to beat a Top 17 player like Isner he’ll have to play a very faultless match, but will take some heart in the fact that he enjoys the dynamics of a clay court much more than Isner does. Isner will be looking to finish points efficiently and quickly in order to preserve his energy on a slow red clay court, while Edmund’s tactics will differ significantly to the American.
Also featuring in Day 4 of Roland Garros includes Andy Murray’s Round 2 meeting against Frenchman Mathias Bourgue. It will be intriguing to see how Murray picks himself up after a close scare the previous day. Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka will also be in action against Japan’s Taro Daniel, a tennis player with a funky, awkward and unorthodox game style.
Play continues at Roland Garros at 11am (10am BST).
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