By Alessandro Mastroluca

  • Edmund will face Korean No.1 Soon Woo Kwon for the first time in the quarter-finals
  • He reached that stage beating the German Dominik Kopfer 6-2 6-4
  • No.7 Cameron Norrie surrendered to qualifier Jason Jung 6-4 6-4
NEW YORK, USA – Kyle Edmund aims to seal his first ATP semifinal since Eastbourne last season on grass. He will face for the first time the rising Korean Soon Woo Kwon

 

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Kyle Edmund [8] def. Dominik Kopfer 6-4 6-2

The No.8 seed Kyle Edmund continued his run towards his maiden ATP semifinal since Eastbourne, last summer. He played a convincing game against the German Dominik Koepfer, who managed to upset Nikoloz Basilashvili en route to the US Open fourth-round in 2019.

Edmund converted four of seven breakpoints, won six of the eight close games, and dictated the pace in most of their baseline rallies against the methodic German advancing to the second quarter-final of the year.

Kyle Edmund [8] v Soon Woo Kwon | First Meeting

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The Brit will face Soon Woo Kwon, the only Korean Top 100 player this week. Kwon weathered 33 aces in 96 return points to defeat Milos Raonic  7-6(4) 6-7(4) 6-4. Kwon has climbed more than 150 spots in the ATP rankings over the past year. In New York, he reached the second consecutive quarter-final, as he lost at this same stage in Pune. He needed 30 hours to fly to the Big Apple from India through Seoul.

A confident player with a solid baseline game, Kwon worked his way into return points against the big-serving Canadian. Then, he methodically used his forehand to hit a shorter ball and move to the net to seal the points. Accustomed to playing smart volleys since his childhood, as he was one of the shorter boys in his class, he built a consistent all-court game and achieved career-high No. 81 on 9 September 2019.

Edmund will probably hit top-spin forehands to force his opponent behind the baseline and give himself the chance to control the rallies immediately after serve and return. Kwon is a regular, consistent kind of player. He’s solidly built but he won’t out-power the Brit applying a brutal force from the back. So, the only Brit remaining in the draw could have enough time to turn around the ball and counter-attack when he has to defend off the backhand side. He will need to be extremely focused and accurate to reach the semis.

Prediction: Edmund in three sets

 

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Jason Jung [Q] def. Cameron Norrie [7] 6-4 6-4

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Jason Jung, the 30-year-old gritty baseliner from Chinese Taipei, reached his second quarter-final at Tour-level He reached this stage both times in New York, where he completed four of his six Tour wins.

Appropriately nicknamed “The Chisel”, he showed the benefits of an intense off-season aimed to increase power and stamina. After hours of leg squats, calf raises and 400-metre sprints, his legs remained firm in the closing stages and his shot selection was brilliant and accurate throughout the whole match.

Cameron Norrie, who suffered two consecutive first-round exits at Auckland and Australian Open, failed to show the same level of self-confidence and managed to create a single breakpoint chance. Definitely too little to avoid his fourth defeat in his last five matches.

 

Edmund and Kwon are scheduled on Stadium Court, not before 1:30pm (6:30pm GMT)

 

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