2016 has been like a breakthrough for Kyle Edmund. The Brit has continued to improve throughout the year and has now cracked the top 50 in the world and his tennis in Beijing showed he can further and challenge some of the best on the tour as we have seen in the past.
Kyle produced some excellent tennis against Garcia-Lopez and Bautista-Agut in Beijing and also put on a good show against British number one Andy Murray as he was defeated 7-6 6-2 but he played a good match!
Throughout the first tactically I thought Kyle was spot on and lost the tie-breaker by the closest of margins. What I did enjoy seeing was how he dealt with the second serve of Andy Murray.
Usually players will step in a little on Murray’s serve and go after it but Kyle didn’t he stepped and in this particular game did this twice and attacked on the fourth ball of the rally with that inside-out forehand cross court and subsequently coming to the net and winning the point twice on Murray’s serve. It was good to see a player think before just standing two metres behind the baseline and trying to smash it back, he had a plan and it worked but the only issue is he didn’t see too many second serves from Murray who incredibly when he got his first serve into play didn’t drop a point in the opening set.
Kyle’s main weapon is the forehand and we have seen an improvement with this and the backhand which is probably even more important just look how great a player of similar style in Del Potro is reliant on the forehand but now his backhand has some steel behind it and the Brit is also getting better at the net.
The forehand is such a devastating and it’s difficult to read as you know it’s coming but is it going cross-court or down the line? It was so good against Andy who defended well and not many get Andy scrambling on an indoor hard court like this!
A while ago I remember I said there was too much of a predictability to Kyle’s game but variation is now there and he can only get better!
You can see Kyle in action in Shanghai next week and will be in action on Monday after coming through qualifying!
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