By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon
- Kyle Edmund  def. Alex Bolt [Q] 6-2 6-3 7-5
- Faces another qualifier Bradley Klahn in the second round
WIMBLEDON, UK – Kyle Edmund eased into the second round, beating Alex Bolt, and will face another qualifier Bradley Klahn.
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Kyle Edmund  def. Alex Bolt [Q] 6-2 6-3 7-5
British No. 1 Kyle Edmund was one of four Brits in total to advance into the second round of Wimbledon. Facing qualifier Alex Bolt, it was plain sailing for the first two sets, but in the third the Aussie, who had considered quitting tennis after a run of injuries, suddenly got the bot between his teeth.
Alex Bolt quit tennis because he didn’t have any drive and wasn’t enjoying it anymore.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 3, 2018
He broke Edmund at the start of the start of the third set and held that advantage almost to the end before Edmund put a stop to that, breaking and then serving the match out to love.
After the match, Edmund said: “The performance was good. You always want to do well at Wimbledon. There’s that build-up period where there’s always talking about it, how you’re feeling, are you confident. You get asked those questions. It’s just about going there and wanting to do well. When the time comes, it’s about producing.
“I thought today was a great experience for me being out on No. 1 court. To be on the court and playing is a great situation, a great feeling, especially when you win. I felt, yeah, I did a pretty good job.”
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Edmund  v Bradley Klahn [Q] | H2H: Tied at 1-1
Edmund’s draw has been kind these past two rounds dishing up another qualifier. Bradley Klahn spends most of his time on the Challenger circuit and did crack the Top 100 back in 2014 before being hampered with a back injury later that year. That might have been his finest hour, as he has dropped out of the Top 100.
Edmund will have to figure out his plays against a long-time foe, back in 2014 and since then their careers have taken very different turns. At most Edmund might have to work to keep his concentration as sometimes one-sided matches can be hard to focus all the time.
He elaborated: “There’s no reason why you can’t win matches and stuff, for sure. That’s how I try to view this year, or any tournament. I know I have a good game and always try and believe in it, be confident with it.
“When you have a big game or a big serve, you got to use that to your advantage, especially on a grass court. When you have big serves, it helps. There is no reason why. It’s all down to producing on the day. I find a lot of matches are won and lost at this level in the head, who makes the right decisions on the day.”
Play continues on all courts at 11:30, except for Centre Court and No. 1 Court, which start at 1pm (all times BST).
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