By Jake Davies
- Kyle Edmund vs Donald Young
- Cameron Norrie [WC] v Horacio Zeballos
EASTBOURNE, UK – Kyle Edmund needs a new broom to sweep in some changes after splitting with coach Ryan Jones after Queen’s – can Eastbourne set him straight?
Kyle Edmund vs Donald Young H2H: First meeting
Kyle Edmund’s brief appearance at Queens would have set him back quite a bit in regards to his ambitions over the short grass court swing. He lost to a good grass court player in Denis Shapovalov, but the Brit really would expect to put forward the experience he has gathered inside the last twelve months on tour. That is why Edmund would be disappointed as a Top 50 player on the ATP tour.
Edmund split with his coach Ryan Jones, following that defeat and now faces a tricky opponent in the first round of the 250 event in Eastbourne. Up next for the World No.47 is Donald Young. Like Edmund, Young’s host nation had a lot of expectation from an early age, but Young has not quite lived up to those expectations throughout his career.
Young made the quarter-finals in Queens last week and he played well in Roland Garros, but narrowly missed out in a match where he lost 13-11 in the fifth set to former Roland Garros finalist David Ferrer.
Edmund needs to try and push forward with his forehand into Young’s backhand. That is where Edmund will find the most joy and the greater success throughout the match. If Young can trade rallies crosscourt from his better left-handed forehand into Edmund’s backhand then the match gets interesting.
I think Edmund will just about edge this match and bounce back from last week’s disappointment.
Prediction: Edmund in three sets.
Cameron Norrie [WC] vs Horacio Zeballos H2H: First meeting
Cameron Norrie was granted a wildcard for a rare showing at an ATP main draw. You would think that Norrie would lack the experience at this level to really mount a challenge against an experienced ATP player like Horacio Zeballos, but the Argentinian doesn’t necessarily enjoy playing on the grass. He has found most of his match-wins on the red clay and achieved his biggest even win when he shocked Rafael Nadal at the Vina Del Mar tournament in 2013.
Zeballos did not win a match on the grass last season and I actually feel like Norrie stands a good chance at causing the upset in Eastbourne.
Prediction: Norrie in two sets
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