Edmund’s improvement on show as he takes down Djokovic in Madrid

Kyle Edmund’s improvement over the last couple of years has been great to watch. During his early career the Brit was known for having a big serve and a big forehand but has improved and adapted his game immensely to compete at a high level on a demanding tour.

After his run to the semi-finals in Melbourne last week he picked up his first ATP title (doubles with Cam Norrie) and now he is into the third round of a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career and in the live rankings up to a career high of 19 in the world with David Goffin up next.

The win against a big player has been a target for a while and now to have claimed a win against Djokovic will be big for the British number one.

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The way he has adapted his game is a credit to him and his determination to improve and get to the top and one of the aspects which deserves a look at is the backhand.

I remember the days when the backhand was the poor shot in his selection but now he can go into rallies with top spin or flatten it out cross-court and his improved has meant as well that he doesn’t have to panic about covering down the line.

He can also just reel off winners as well.

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You can see here that he is lining up for that backhand down the line and produces a lovely winner leaving Djokovic in no mans land.

Likewise with his net play.

Whether it is on clay, grass or hard the need to bring variety into the game to compete at the top is greater than ever and Kyle has implemented this well and it isn’t easy to add something new to your game but he’s done it.

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Here he has Djokovic in the corner of his eye and knows he can play this shot and goes for it.

The win against Novak especially after leading by a set and dropping the second set that doubt and nerves would have surfaced but he came through with some good serving as he set up a meeting with David Goffin.

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