By Ros Satar, at Indian Wells

  • Kyle Edmund [22] def. Radu Albot [Q] 6-3 6-3
  • Edmund [22] v Roger Federer [2] | First Meeting

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA USA – Kyle Edmund put in another convincing performance to beat Delray Beach champion Radu Albot, extending his winning streak to seven, setting up a first time meeting with Roger Federer.

 

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Kyle Edmund [22] def. Radu Albot [Q] 6-3 6-3

Picking right up where he left off from his commanding victory in his opening round, Kyle Edmund looked to dominate from the off, breaking Radu Albot early and holding on for a 3-0 victory.

Albot made it competitive for the rest of the set but serving out for love was making things look deceptively easy. The second set saw Edmund continue to knock on the door, before breaking Albot three times in succession for a match up to savour.

After the match, he said: “I guess it looked straight forward because you’re managing situations and playing well. I certainly felt that today with my game. Serving really well, I didn’t give him any chances apart from serving for the match, which was a shame obviously to lose that, but good response to break him straight back.

“Yeah the biggest thing for me actually at the start was getting used to a little bit of change in conditions and scenery. I’ve played on the outside courts every match. This was the first time on the stadium. A little bit blustery, especially one end the wind was behind you and obviously the other end, wind into you.

“The court conditions were definitely more bouncy than the other courts. Once I got used to that, I felt more confident in my game. I started to open up a bit more. To beat him, who’s an in-form player was definitely nice.”

 

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Edmund [22] v Roger Federer [2] | First Meeting

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It shows a measure of how comfortably Edmund seems to be wearing the mantle of British No. 1. This time last year he achieved the ranking as the ailing Andy Murray was slipping down the rankings and the pair crossed paths up and down the rankings.

Now, having been up close and personal with 20-time Slam winner Roger Federer, as part of the winning Laver Cup team for Team Europe, he is prepared to view his former team-mate as the enemy.

Federer’s all-court game with effortless style is in some ways a stark contrast to the more forceful serve and forehand one-two punch combo that Edmund is more fond of delivering. What we can note though is that his been effective certainly against a player in Albot, who can and generally will run anything down all the live-long day.

While Federer does not employ such a physically taxing approach, his returning is spot on, and while he can control play from the baseline, he is just as adept at the net. Edmund will need every shot in his arsenal, and his movement will need to be absolutely on point from start to finish.

Edmund said:” I’m very much of the idea he’s probably the greatest of all time. I’ve never shared the court with him on the match court. Practised with him a few times but first time I’ll maybe get to play him. Obviously be an amazing experience. I’m at a stage now where I respect him huge amounts, but I’ve got to go out there and really give it my best and it’s a perfect opportunity for me to really get stuck into the match and have a good result hopefully.”

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There is no doubt that 2018 set Edmund up to progress – a first Slam semi-final, a first ATP Tour final and title, but to be picked as part of the Laver Cup also had a profound effect on the Yorkshireman.

He continued: “The whole week was good fun, a lot of the guys getting involved really engaged with the event and the atmosphere. It was good to just chat to him. we chatted about different things that weren’t tennis.

“He can be a big kid with what he says (smiles). he just enjoys a team environment, the banter and stuff. I didn’t know him in that way before, just because I hadn’t had the chances. I really enjoyed it to be on Team Europe with him and Novak, Grigor, Sasha – big names. I’ll always remember that week because it was so fun.”

Prediction: Federer in three sets.

 

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