By Alessandro Mastroluca

  • Kyle Edmund [8] def. Miomir Kecmanovic [6] 6-1 6-4
  • He will meet Andreas Seppi in the title-match, leading 4-1 in their head to heads
  • The Brit is 1-1 in previous Tour-level finals
NEW YORK, USA – Kyle Edmund reached in New York his third ATP final, the first since winning his maiden title in Antwerp in 2018. He will face Andreas Seppi

 

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Kyle Edmund [8] b. Miomir Kecmanovic [6] 6-1 6-4

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Eighth-seeded Kyle Edmund reached his third career ATP Tour final (1-1), his first since clinching his maiden title defeating Gael Monfils at 2018 Antwerp in a tense deciding set tiebreak.

The Brit, who advanced to the quarter-finals in Auckland this season, raced into the title-match with a 6-1 6-4 win over No.6 seed Miomir Kecmanovic.

The World No.62 prevailed after a hard-fought opening set. Edmund built a 5-0 lead although the first five games went to deuce. He managed to assert his authority from the baseline thanks to his powerful forehands and easily grabbed the opening set a couple of games later.

The Serbian NextGen raised his level in the second set but Edmund won 12 of the last 13 points of the match to clinch his sixth and most significant win of the season.

 

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Kyle Edmund [8] v Andreas Seppi | Edmund leads H2H 4-1

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Edmund awaits the Italian veteran Andreas Seppi. Edmund leads his head to head with Seppi 4-1, including a victory last month in Auckland. The Brit won all the meetings on hard-court, losing only at the 2018 Monte-Carlo Masters.

The 35-year-old Italian fell to No. 98 on February 10, his lowest rank since No. 102 on 26 June 2017. During his campaign, he saved one match point in the deciding set tiebreak against Damir Dzumhur in the first round. Then he went on to reach the title-match beating qualifier Jason Jung from Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals. Since 2005, Seppi claimed at least a Tour-level semifinal in 15 of the last 16 years: he went 0-6 in quarter-final matches in 2014.

On this surface, Edmund will have the chance to extend the lead in his head to head against the Italian, outpowering him with his best weapons. Seppi needs rhythm and patience to hit regularly on the rise, the Brit has the game to exploit his weaknesses.

Edmund will rise to around No.50 next week in the world rankings losing the final. He will climb to around No.45 winning the title.

Prediction: Edmund in three sets

Edmund and Seppi are scheduled on Stadium Court, not before 4pm (9pm GMT).

 

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