By Alessandro Mastroluca
- Kyle Edmund  b. Kwon Soonwoo 3-6 6-2 7-6(5)
- Kyle Edmund  v Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) | No H2H
NEW YORK, USA – Kyle Edmund beat Kwon Soonwoo to claim his first comeback win of the season. In his first semifinal since last summer, he will face Miomir Kecmanovic
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Kyle Edmund  def. Kwon Soonwoo 3-6 6-2 7-6(5)
In a match where each player tried to break down each other’s backhand with limited success, Kyle Edmund edged out Kwon Soonwoo 3-6 6-2 7-6(5) to move to the first ATP semi-final since Eastbourne last season.
Kwon fought hard, but he double-faulted on match point. Edmund, as a consequence, completed his first comeback win of the season and improved his win-loss record in final set tiebreaks to 12-9.
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Kyle Edmund  v Miomir Kecmanovic | First meeting
Edmund will meet Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic for the first time, for a berth in the final. The Belgrade-native, who left his home when he was 13 to train at the IMG Academy in Florida, learned the hard way that you can play huge shots in training but the intensity from big matches can bring young players down.
Last year, the 6’0” right-hander became the first lucky-loser in the Indian Wells quarter-finals since 1990, reached his maiden ATP Final in Antalya and entered the Next Gen ATP Final ranked at No. 55. Last year, he was 14th on Tour in breakpoints saved showing a full belief in his strokes. Whenever the ball is in play, he has a chance to win the point.
After that first final defeat under a scorching sun against the fierce Italian Lorenzo Sonego, he managed to seal his first Top 10 win against Alexander Zverev during the summer hard-court swing. In the second part of the season, he demonstrated he could handle pressure moments remaining calm and focused.
His rise came on quicker than he thought and continued in the opening part of this campaign. the Serbian, in fact, reached his second ATP Tour semi-final at Doha, defeating 2012 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round before losing to eventual champion Andrey Rublev.
The Brit has a more powerful game from the baseline, and he’s expected to use his raw force off the forehand side to shorten the rallies. This could become the main challenge for the World No.62, as the Serbian is eager to come to the net, helped by quick legs and soft hands.
If Edmund will let his opponent deliver angled approach shots and dictate play, the match could become definitely harder for him. Probably, the confidence he gained through his campaign here could help Edmund to offer an assertive performance.
Prediction: Edmund in three sets
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