By Alessandro Mastroluca
- Kyle Edmund def. Felix Auger-Aliassime  6-4 6-4
- Kyle Edmund v Taylor Fritz | Fritz leads H2H 1-0
ACAPULCO, MEXICO – Kyle Edmund defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime, the highest-ranked player beaten this year and meets Taylor Fritz, who he lost to in the Eastbourne semifinals in 2019.
Kyle Edmund b. Felix Auger-Aliassime  6-4 6-4
The Brit started the match strongly, breaking in the opening game and went on to seal the set in 49 minutes. He’s a front-runner and extended his win-loss record after winning the first set to 8-1 in 2020, 100-30 in his career in Tour-level matches.
The second set followed a similar path. The World No.44 claimed the lone break against the 19-year old Canadian, the youngest player in the draw and the current leader in the Race to the Next Gen ATP Finals, ahead of second-place Denis Shapovalov and third-place Miomir Kecmanovic.
Despite 13 aces, the Canadian was unable to change the pattern of the match. Edmund, proud of how he managed to create chances in both sets, extended his winning streak to seven matches.
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Kyle Edmund v Taylor Fritz | Fritz leads H2H 1-0
Edmund will meet the World No.38 Taylor Fritz. The American equaled his best performance in Acapulco, having previously reached the quarter-finals in 2016. He cruised to a 6-4 6-1 win over Frenchman Ugo Humbert.
Thanks to a crucial seven-game run from 4-4 in the first set, the American moved to the last 8 for the first time during this see-saw season. In 2020, in fact, Fritz rallied from two sets down to beat Kevin Anderson reaching the Australian Open third round for the second straight year. He then suffered two first-round losses in Adelaide and Delray Beach and a third-round exit at the Newport Beach Challenger as a two-time defending champion.
Fritz beat the Brit in straight sets in their only meeting at the Eastbourne semi-finals. During that match, the Brit struggled against his opponent’s big serve, which often got the young American out of difficult situations. Edmund had four set points in the first set, but he over-hit and wasted a couple of chances with a double-fault and a backhand volley long. In the second set, he lost his serve to 2-0 and, although he gave everything, failed to come back.
This week, Edmund is serving consistently and playing freely. His straight-sets victories could give enough confidence to beat the hard-hitting American. He will have to make him work for every point, putting as many returns as possible on court to reduce Fritz’s free points on serve. Probably, Fritz would also try to use his trademark down the line backhand to open up the court and come to the net, so the Brit will have to protect his left side to neutralise such strategy.
Prediction: Edmund in three sets
Edmund and Fritz are scheduled on Estadio not before 6pm (Friday midnight, GMT).
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